5 Dec 2007

Samoa's head of state visits New Zealand on first official trip

12:04 pm on 5 December 2007

Samoa's Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi has begun his first official visit to New Zealand with a brief visit to the capital Wellington.

Tui Atua spent yesterday with Prime Minister Helen Clark where they visited the Tagata O Le Moana Exhibition at the national museum Te Papa Tongareva, and also laid a wreath.

They attended a ceremony to re-dedicate a Samoan fine mat gifted to New Zealand by Tui Atua.

The Head of State paid a visit to St Patricks College in Silverstream just north of Wellington where he was pupil from 1955 to 1957.

This morning Tui Atua met with the Opposition National party leader John Keys before heading to New Plymouth on the North Island's west coast and then to Auckland.

The Head of State is in New Zealand for six days.