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Published on 1st June 2012
VSA extends its congratulations to Samoa on achieving 50 years of independence.
Thousands of people gathered on Parliament grounds in Apia today, 50 years to the day after Samoa gained independence from New Zealand.
Children have the day off school, many shops are shut and the traffic is expected to be chaotic. But it is not just Samoans who are celebrating. Officials from all over the world have come to the island nation to acknowledge the past 50 years.
Among those taking part in the celebrations are VSA’s two Samoa-based volunteers. The celebrations will continue over the weekend.
VSA – which also turns 50 this year – is planning to hold an event in Apia in a couple of months to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between Samoa and New Zealand. The treaty was signed on 1 August, 1962.
Samoa was the first Pacific nation to become independent.