How important is culture?
Very important, it seems for a group of year 9-14 students from Hamilton Boys High, New Zealand visiting Samoa for a week.
The group made up of mainly of students with Samoan descent is being led by teachers Oliva Cowley, Phillipa Grace as well as parents Ted Pogai and Fa’amanu Lavasi’i.
Cowley, whose roots are in Vaigaga and Vaiusu, says the visit is about getting a taste of Samoan culture.
"Our objective is to allow the boys to experience some of the activities that Samoans participate in, and to have as many cultural experiences as possible.