The village of Nofoalii has challenged themselves to better their village decorations put up for the All Blacks when they came to Samoa in 2015 for their one off test match against the Manu Samoa.
Nofoalii village was the winner of the best decorated village to welcome the best rugby team in the world. The village would like the repeat of this but wants it to be better.
The village will be throwing its support behind Tahiti which is the participating country assigned to the village school.
The village minds according to the village female representative Lesina Afamasaga are already at work in working out a theme to work their decorations around.
Afamasaga said one of the themes they have thought about relates to religion namely that of the London Missionary Society missionaries who came to Samoa from Tahiti. The LMS Church in Samoa which later changed its name to the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) or the EFKS Church was in the past known as the Lotu Taiti ( Church from Tahiti).
There are also plans for the villagers to dress up like the Tahitians and perform some Tahitian dances when the Tahitian team pass through the village.
But the people of Nofoalii would not like to limit their welcome to Tahiti only. They would like to welcome the other countries sending teams and to wish Samoa’s team well too.
“ There are so many countries coming and we would like to showcase our hospitality and this would be a positive image of our country which would be shown to the world.”
Afamasaga said they want to give support and want to do their best and so they want to solicit sponsorships. “ To us it is does not matter whether it is a competition or not. We just want to give support to government efforts and to make the athletes feel welcome,” Afamasaga told Newsline.
A committee will be in charge of this village project Afamasaga said.