NZ’s PM Jacinda Ardern Arrives In Samoa Saturday On Transit To Tokelau

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  • PM Ardern the last time she was in Samoa in 2018
    PM Ardern the last time she was in Samoa in 2018
  • The Atolls of Nukunonu, Atafu and Fakaofo that made up the Tokelau Island to be visited by the NZ Prime Minister this weekend
    The Atolls of Nukunonu, Atafu and Fakaofo that made up the Tokelau Island to be visited by the NZ Prime Minister this weekend

The New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is arriving in Samoa tomorrow, Saturday, on her way to an official visit to the Tokelau Islands on Sunday.

The PM will spend the night in Apia before travelling on the HMNZS Otago to the New Zealand island territory.

During her short  stopover, the  NZ leader is scheduled to take a stroll on the Apia Waterfront Events Space and the Clock Tower Boulevard on Saturday afternoon.

She will also unveil the ‘Save the Manumea Mural and launched a Strategy document at the New Zealand High Commission.

Ardern sets off for a first time visit to the three inhabited atoll of Fakaofo, Atafu and Nukunonu on Sunday morning.

The visit will be the first by a New Zealand leader since PM Helen Clark in 2004 “ and comes as part of the government’s Pacific Re-set strategy.

New Zealand media has quoted the PM as saying that the 15 years was a long time.

"Tokelau's remoteness and perhaps difficulty in accessing it has meant that it's not had the attention that it deserves. Particularly as it is at significant risk of devastating impacts linked to climate change," PM Ardern reported told the media.

She will be away in Tokelau until 1 August 2019.