PM revisits tsunami-hit village

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Last updated 23:01 02/06/2014

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Prime Minister John Key wraps up the first leg of his three-nation Pacific mission in Samoa tomorrow with a visit to tsunami-hit Poutasi village where he was made a matai or high chief.

Key first visited the village on the south-east coast of Upolu island in 2009 just before it suffered extensive damage in the October 2009 tsunami.

He returned a few months later and was awarded the chiefly title of ali'i.

He is now known in the village as To'osavili Sione Key which translates as "protect from the winds".

The village was hit again by the 2012 cyclone.

Key said it would be an emotional return and he was looking forward to going back to what is "a magical part of the world".

He will place flowers on the tsunami memorial and receive a briefing on disaster preparedness.

He and his 40-strong delegation then leave for a two-day visit to Tonga, before going on to Niue on Thursday and flying back to Auckland.

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