PM revisits tsunami-hit village

VERNON SMALL IN SAMOA
Last updated 23:01 02/06/2014

Relevant offers

Politics

What are politicians doing to monitor Facebook's activities in New Zealand? Labour leader Andrew Little makes election year promises to Nelson voters Councillor with less than six months' experience could be Wellington's next deputy mayor Community organisations fear losing time, by providing personal details Max Key takes us behind the scenes of John Key's last day Treaty Minister: Eight years on and 'not a hope' of iwi settlement before the election Afghan villagers' lawyer says more information supports need for an inquiry Government deploys Hercules and troops to Middle East at request of Australian Defence Force Tony Craig: Cuts highlight systemic failure in NZ fisheries management Labour leader Andrew Little still supports SAS inquiry despite Defence Force rebuttal

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.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content