National: New Zealand and Samoa to work together on climate resilience
8:23 am on 2 August 2022
By David Liwei Shi
Aotearoa will provide $15 million to support Samoa with its climate change initiatives.
"This funding will help build Samoa's resilience to the impacts of climate change and its transition to a low emissions economy," said Ardern.
The government is also pledging $12 million to rebuild Apia's Savalalo Market, a historic market that was wrecked by a fire in 2016.
The market was previously a major tourist attraction and a place to buy local crafts and food primarily by women small business owners.
The request for the money came from Samoa's government, which will fund the rebuild in partnership with New Zealand.
Ardern is visiting Samoa as part of a celebratory trip to acknowledge the 60th anniversary of the two countries signing the Treaty of Friendship, an agreement that both governments would work together to promote Samoa's development aspirations and the welfare of the people of Samoa.
During a bilateral meeting today with Sāmoan leader Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa, the two leaders discussed several concerns in addition to climate change, including economic resilience, and Covid-19.
Ardern is also accompanied by senior ministers and MPs from all other parties in parliament, including National Leader Christopher Luxon, ACT Party Leader David Seymour, and Te Pati Maori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer.
Speaking at a press conference, Ardern acknowledged that it was “unusual” to have travelled with representatives from other political parties.
But Ardern says this trip was not about politics but about the friendship between our two countries.
Though this is her third visit to the country, the prime minister and her delegation are the first international visitors to Samoa since its borders reopened.
Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air.