SOFIAS host US Ambassador for Samoa and NZ
The Sosaiete o Fa’afafine in American Samoa hosted a welcoming event (late luncheon) at Sadie’s by the Sea showcasing Samoan hospitality for the Hon. David Huebner, the U.S. Ambassador based in Wellington, New Zealand.
The event was well attended by the association’s officers and members. The program was led by Ms. Shevon Matai and was first initiated by Ms. Ipi Ieli, as both are members and advisors for SOFIAS.
The SOFIAS relationship with Ambassador Huebner started with their attendance of the Human Rights & Outgames held in Huebner’s home city of Wellington in the year 2011.
The SOFIAS delegation for the Wellington conference was led by the former President Athena Mauga with Scholastic presenters Shevon Matai and SOFIAS Officers Tasha Atio’o, Ipi Ieli, Jayleen Chun and member Tifi Le’iato. During the week long conference in Wellington, the U.S. Ambassador hosted a dinner party for SOFIAS and other Pacific island delegations at his official residence. A network of new affiliations with the Ambassador was created and the dialogue on networking with other leading groups of similar interests was developed from there.
The Future Leaders of the Pacific Summit brought the presence of the Ambassador here to the territory and SOFIAS took the opportunity to reciprocate the hospitality afforded to them during their stay in Wellington.
The meeting saw the furthering of the dialogue between the Ambassador and members of SOFIAS in attendance on relevant issues and raising awareness in the lookout for help that is available to better the organization’s infrastructure, leadership, funding and active role for SOFIAS in the community and within the region.
SOFIAS current President, Ms. Tasha Atio’o gave the welcoming remarks and Advisor Seti Leatumauga extended comments of appreciation from SOFIAS to the Ambassador for attending the event at Sadies.
A taualuga and ai’ava was also performed by the association and led by the reigning Miss SOFIAS 2012-2013, Miss Tepatasi Vaina.
SOFIAS has formally invited the U.S. Ambassador to be a guest of honor at the upcoming MISS SOFIAS 2013-2014 to be held April 20, 2013 here in American Samoa.
Source: SOFIA Media release