Launch of the Samoa Language Week at Victoria University
3rd June 2021
Samoa High Commissioner, H.E. Leasi Papali’i Scanlan, during a Ava Ceremony at the Opening of the Samoa Language Week held at the Victoria University Library.
Photo source: Victoria University of Wellington Library
The Samoa High Commissioner, H.E. Leasi Papali’i Scanlan was invited by Victoria University of Wellington to the Opening of the Samoa Language Week held at the Victoria University Library. Leausalilo Dr Sadat Muaiava opened the programme by welcoming the guests, followed by a prayer and blessing by Rev. Anitele’a Su’a. An ava ceremony was conducted by the Samoan students from Victoria University of Wellington. On behalf of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Pasifika (Afioga Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban) and Victoria University, Afioga Fa’amatuainu Tino Pereira delivered an address stressing the importance of the Samoan Language Week for students at the University. The High Commissioner also delivered his remarks focusing on the theme of the week “Poupou le lotoifale. Ola manuia le anofale” and encouraging the Samoan students with their education and to never forget their parents who sacrificed a lot to ensure that they receive the best schooling. His Excellency again reminded the Students of the need to work hard in order to succeed and help uphold the dreams of their families. The Samoan scholarship students performed a Samoan siva “dance” in showcasing their pride in the Samoan Culture and Tradition. The High Commissioner was accompanied by his daughter, Tehani Scanalan; the Counsellor, Mr. Robert Niko Aiono; First Secretary, Mr. Tau Jurgen Kappus; and Driver, Ms. Toni Neels.