NZ's Ardern to lead delegation to Samoa

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will take a cross-parliamentary delegation to Samoa next week to commemorate 60 years of independence for the Pacific state.

Samoa was administered by New Zealand from 1914 until Wellington relented to the pro-independence movement, signing a Treaty of Friendship in 1962 which stands to this day.

Ms Ardern will make a two-day visit next week at the request of Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, whose father - Samoa's first prime minister - signed the original treaty.

"It's particularly historic for her given the family link to that first signing 60 years ago," Ms Ardern said.

Opposition Leader Chris Luxon will also travel, along with representatives of every parliamentary party, NGO heads "and a delegation of Aotearoa New Zealand and Pacific leaders".

"What needs to endure is the work that we do together, the way we collaborate as nations and the relationship that we have," Ms Ardern said.

"It is an important anniversary, but it's equally important that we're all there to acknowledge it."

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