24 Jan 2011

Samoa gives cheques to Australia and NZ after disasters

3:22 pm on 24 January 2011

The Samoa government has given monetary donations to help relief efforts for those affected by the floods in Australia and the Pike River mining accident in New Zealand.

The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has presented a cheque of 100,000 Australian Dollars for flood relief works in Brisbane and 60,000 New Zealand dollars to those hit by the Pike River disaster.

The High Commissioners of the two countries in Apia thanked the prime minister after they were presented with the cheques at the weekend.

The prime minister says his country's donation might be insignificant in terms of the overall costs of the two disasters but it is the spirit his nation gives in which counts.

Tuilaepa said both Australia and New Zealand have assisted Samoa generously through the years particularly after the tsunami of 2009