28 Apr 2016

French Polynesian president to be given matai title

10:11 am on 28 April 2016

One of Samoa's chiefly matai is to be bestowed on the President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch.

This week Mr Fritch is visting Apia to attend the opening of the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's hotel and Bungalows.

A traditional royal 'ava ceremony is scheduled to welcome the president and his delegation.

A chiefly title will be announced at the occasion tomorrow.

This will be followed by the opening of the hotel which was closed for more than three years after damages from Cyclone Evan in 2012.

Edouard Fritch

Edouard Fritch Photo: RNZI Walter Zweifel