2 Sep 2004

Samoa to return artifacts to Niue after destruction of museum by cycline Heta

3:30 pm on 2 September 2004

The Samoa cabinet has approved a decision to return Niuean artifacts currently on display in the Samoa Museum.

The two artifacts, a bowl and a walking stick, were given to Samoa by the Niue Delegation at the Opening Ceremony of the Pacific Festival of Arts in Apia in 1996.

Earlier on this year, Niue's museum and all its artifacts were completely destroyed by Cyclone Heta.

It's hoped that this gesture will assist in Niue's efforts to re-establish its museum.