2024 Pacific Trip: Samoa Greets Winston Peters as Friend

Batol Ahmad
Published 2 weeks ago on 9 February, 2024
Pacific Mission 2024: Samoan high chief Winston Peters welcomed as a friend to Samoa

Pacific Mission 2024 has marked a significant moment as Samoan high chief Winston Peters was welcomed as a friend to Samoa. The New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister, known in Samoa by his chief title Vaovasamanaia, has returned to the Pacific nation, reinforcing the unique bond between the two countries.

Key takeaways

  • Winston Peters holds a Samoan chief title, Vaovasamanaia, bestowed nearly 20 years ago.
  • A renewed Statement of Partnership between Samoa and New Zealand was signed.
  • The partnership focuses on climate change, security, and economic development.
  • Samoa will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
  • New Zealand supports Samoa with educational and health initiatives.
Winston Peters, as Vaovasamanaia, strengthens NZ-Samoa ties with a new partnership and support for key regional events and development programs.

Renewed Partnership to Tackle Regional Challenges Together

During the Pacific Mission 2024, Peters and Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa signed a Statement of Partnership. This document outlines a shared commitment to address climate change, security, and promote economic growth over the next four years. The agreement emphasizes the importance of a collaborative approach to tackling the pressing issues facing the Pacific region.

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The partnership also includes New Zealand’s support for Samoa’s upcoming CHOGM event. This meeting is a significant international gathering in the Pacific, with global leaders such as King Charles expected to attend. The event highlights Samoa’s growing role on the world stage and the deepening ties with New Zealand.

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Area of Partnership Details
Climate Resilience Joint efforts to build sustainable practices and policies.
Security Collaboration for a safer Pacific community.
Economic Development Supporting trade and resilient economies in the region.
Education and Health Investment in Samoa’s educational and health sectors.
CHOGM Support Backing Samoa in hosting a successful international event.

Pacific Mission 2024 has been a testament to the enduring friendship and cooperation between Samoa and New Zealand. With Winston Peters, recognized as a high chief in Samoa, leading the way, both nations look forward to a future of mutual respect and shared prosperity. The recent partnership agreement signed by Peters is a clear indication of New Zealand’s commitment to supporting Samoa’s development and regional presence.


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