New Year’s Address to the Nation
by Prime Minister
 Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

As we traditionally do in our Christian country, we offer our prayers of thanksgiving and gratitude to our Lord God for guiding Samoa’s journey through this year.

We farewell 2015 and take forward its lessons to the new year 2016 to further make safer our communities and to strengthen the development of our country.

I would like to acknowledge with gratitude the hard work and important contributions made by all our people whether through: the Church, village councils, the private sector and in government service to the development and cohesiveness of our country.  This unity of purpose and commitment to a good future for Samoa has helped us make strong achievements at the end of this year and I look forward to continuing our combined effort to advance and secure our country in the year ahead.

The devastating impact of climate change is now felt worldwide and particularly here in our frontline vulnerable small island countries of the Pacific.  The successful conclusion of the COP21 held in France early this month put in place the Paris Agreement on Climate Change that brought together all countries of the world in their collective realization that humankind has only just the one planet Earth to either destroy or save.

The Paris Agreement is without doubt a key watershed mile-stone for the world and for the Pacific region.  As widely acknowledged, achieving the Paris Agreement was by no means easy or straight forward.  It required steadfast belief and commitment by all governments and countries to reach the finish line.

For our own small country, Samoa, it is with a sense of quiet satisfaction and pride that the outcomes – “The SAMOA Pathway” – of the 3rd United Nations Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) we hosted in Apia in 2014, greatly assisted small island developing states present a strong special case for SIDS in the negotiations of the Paris Agreement.  The “SAMOA Pathway” also helped cast the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to reflect the needs of SIDS endorsed at the United Nations General Assembly in September this year.

For Samoa, the Pacific Islands and other SIDS, the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals that the SAMOA Pathway helped to shape, open new windows for financing assistance to help with adaptation and mitigation actions to make our countries more climate resilient and to achieve sustainable development goals.

In this connection of support for Samoa’s aspirations I would like to express our gratitude to all of Samoa’s developmental partners including Australia, China, the European Union, Japan, New Zealand and the United States with resident diplomatic representation in Apia.  I wish also to thank the United Nations Agencies, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund for their continuing generous support and advice.

Last week His Highness the Head of State conveyed his message on the important spirit of Christmas for our country.  In this same vein, I wish every family and all our people the Peace of our Lord and Saviour for a Happy and safe New Year.

Ia manuia tele le Tausaga Fou.

 

SAUNOAGA AFIOGA I LE PALEMIA
SUSUGA TUILAEPA SAILELE MALIELEGAOI
FAAMANUIA O LE TAUSAGA FOU – 2016

Ua taupe le tila, taupe le Fanā, ae lafo le taula i Malolo ina ua tuta i fanua le folauga a Samoa, i lenā tausaga ua mou malie atu.  O lenei foi ua toe faataumua ava ma faalelea lā afa o le folauga o lenei Tausaga Fou 2016.  O le tatalo, ia faatautai e le Atua o Folauga ia ulimasao i matau la tatou faigamalaga o lenei tausaga fou.  Auā pe a aunoa ma le Atua, e galulue fua i tatou uma.

Taoto ia le fiso ma ona lau auā paia faalupelupe o Samoa.  Afio i le Ao Mamalu o le Malo, Le Sui Tofia, faapea le Tafatolu fefa’atauagai o le Palemene, le Faamasinoga ma le Pulega.  Aiga ma latou Tama, Tulatoa o Aiga, ma Faleupolu Tofia, Le Usoga a Tumua ma Pule e Ono i Salafai.  Ae a le tatou va tapuia ma lo tatou Uso-a-Malo i Tutuila ma Manu’a.  Afio i le Kovana Sili ma lana Aufono, ma le latou foi Tafatolu o Pulega.  O paia lava ia faasino i le Faleagafulu ma le Nofo a Maopu, Faatui ma Tootoo.  Ae matua lava le Tuu i le Aufaigaluega Paia a Le Atua, ma le latou faanonogā manū.

Ua fofoga Samoa i le malelega faamanuia o le Kilisimasi mai le Afioga i le Ao Mamalu o le Malo.  E faapenā foi ona taumulimuli ai le agaga o le feau faamanuia lenei o le Tausaga Fou.

“Ia tau fai maua uma e Aiga uma o Samoa

se Tausaga Fou manuia ma le fiafia, e ta’ui

i le filemu mai Le Atua.”

Faamalō le galulue i tiute ma tofi i atina’e eseese sa fitāituga ai – e tusa ma lo tatou valaauina o i tatou taitoatasi – o le tagata ma lana taleni.  O lau lea ma’a ua lafo e faufau ai lo tatou Malo – o le Sa o Samoa e fau tele.

Faafetai i le sao tāua o Pulega mamalu a Alii ma Faipule, le lagolagosua a Faletua ma Tausi, Sa’oao ma Auga Faapae, le Malosi o le nuu – o Taitai ia o le lumanai o Samoa latou te solisoli muliaao ina ia soso’o pea le fau ma le fau.  Ae ā le faatonutonu folau e lē aunoa, a le Aufaigaluega Paia a le Atua, e auala mai ai le amio pulea tumau ma le nofo lelei.  E fulitua ai i uiga pa’aā, o le moemoe noa ma le laufā-lē-ainā.  O aga ma tu mamalu masani ia e avea o le to’ovae, o le maluapapa o Samoa ma ana Faigāmalō, o le Asō ma Eluā.  O le tatalo, ia faaosofia e le Atua o Manatu, o le Faavae Papa foi o Samoa, le agaga lelei e faaolaola ma faatumau ai a tatou tu, aganuu ma agaifanua e lolo i le fai meatonu, e tūtūmau ai pea i  le siosiomaga o le filemu o tatou tagata, o loo lu’itauina pea lava pea e suiga ogaoga o le soifuaga o nei ona aso.

O se tala leo malie i le lalolagi atoa le taunu’uga manuia o le Fonotele a Taitai o Malo o le Lalolagi na usuia i Pale-Falani i le masina nei – o se taumafaiga e faasaosao ai le tatou paneta mai le faapapateaina e suiga ogaoga o le tau e afua i atina’e soona fai lē fuafua tatau.  O le mitamitaga mo Samoa, ona o Iugafono a le Fonotele a Malo Aufaatasi mo Malo Laiti o loo Pito Aafia i Suiga malolosi o le Tau, lea na usuia i Samoa nei i le tausaga talu ai, na avea ma Taiala i Aiaiga ua i ai nei e noatia ai Malo o le lalolagi i totonu o “Maliega” ua taunuu nei i ai Taitai o Malo e faatonutonu tatau ai atina’e eseese uma a Malo o le Lalolagi.  E 17 manulauti iloga mo atina’e e aofia ai ma le taofia o suiga ogaoga o le tau ia tino i totonu o le 15 tausaga afua atu i le 2016-2030.  Ae o loo tā’ua matilatila ai lava ma le igoa pele o Samoa i le ulutala faalupelupe i le gagana Peretania “The Samoa Pathway”.  Poo “Taiala mai Samoa”.  Ua saosao ai nei ma Malo mauoloa ina ia lava seleni e fausia ai atina’e eseese autū o puipuiga talafeagai mai suiga o le tau i atumotu o loo mua’i afatia ma faatama’ia e afa, lologa, lā mala, galulolo, mafui’e ma asiosio.

Lona uiga ua taoto nei i lagotonu le faatupega o atina’e tetele mo le 15 tausaga o lumana’i ai e aofia ai fesootaiga televavave, eletise faafouina mai le vai, savili ma ave malolosi o le la, auala tetele, taligalu, ma tali vai, o le vai taumafa, faatoaga ma tagata asiasi maimoa mai, ma isi mau atina’e eseese so’oso’o tau’au. Pau o le tatou tiute, o le galulue punounoua’i o le tatou Malo ma latou o gafa ma atina’e eseese ia matuā tinoū e una’i atina’e ua tatau ai, i auala pito silisili ona lelei.  E lē toe moomia ai ni uiga faatalalē, pi’opā ma le faialaga.

O le laolao lelei foi lenei e faamauina ai le tatou faamalō mo a tatou paaga o loo lagolago mai i atina’e eseese o loo faagasolo e pei o le Malo o Niu Sila, Ausetalia, Saina, Iapani, Malo Soofaatasi o Europa, Le Malo Aufaatasi, i ona lālā eseese, Fale Tupe o Europa, Faletupe o Asia, ma Faletupe Tetele o le Lalolagi mo atina’e e māmā tu’utu’uga o nogatupe.  Faafetai tele i le tou aao fesoasoani.  E ui lava ua siitia le tamaoaiga o Samoa afua mai le 2014, ae peita’i o loo lotolotoi ai foi Atumotu o Samoa i totonu o sone ma’ale’ale o le afatia gofie i mala matauti’a o suiga matuiā o le tau, ua i ai nei le lalolagi.

Ou te avatu ai le faamalō i le Aufaigaluega Paia a le Atua i le latou foi fatuaiga tausi tauave pea o le faanonogā manū i le Atua mo Samoa.  Ua atufia ea ni afā tetele ua tatou molimauina ua foufou e le Natura o mea tutupu e agai mai i Samoa ma toe faafuase’i ona liliutū e se malosi lilo uiga ese, ma tata’i ese atu ai mai o tatou laufanua?  Tatou te ofo ai pea lava.  E lē tupu fua mea faapenā.  Lea foi ua atofa ai e le Komiti o le Fono a Ekalesia Soofaatasi le Aso Sa nei, e amata ai le vaiaso mo Talosaga ma Anapogi a lo tatou atunuu o Samoa se’i o tatou sii le viiga ma le faane’etaga ua tatau ai.  Ia ma tatou faamalolosi ma faamaoni tasi ia, i lenei Sauniga o lenei tausaga fou ua faatāua mo i tatou uma.

Ua lē o toe po malaē.  Ua sina nei le galu, ua iite foi fanua-a-lalo.  Ua tu mai ioa le lagaali a Tamafaiga, ua toe o se aga ona muta lea o le Paeaiga lenei o le Palemene, ae alo le atunuu i le Faiga Palota Lautele i le Aso 4 Mati 2016.  Faamalō le tauata’i i sui usufono uma o lenei Paeaiga.  Faafetai le tautua atunuu.  Lafo i le Atua lou tou alofaiva, ae maise sui faatutū o foufou mai e finau.  O le talitonuga Faaletapuaiga Kerisiano – “E totofi e Le Atua Malo mo ona Ta’ita’i”.  E lē tau saili.  Na o le faatalitali.  Ia lava le pusa onosa’i.  Ma tatalo.

Faapito augafa le faamalō i aiga o loo asiasi mai i malologa o galuega ma mafutaga mafana o foufou ma aiga i Samoa nei.  Faafetai le tautua aiga.  E lē vale se tali o galuega lelei o fai i taimi o faiga filifiliga.  Pe a toe taliu le uto auā aiga o loo faamuli mai, ia folau i lagi ma.

Faata’i lea o le leo, o le a lē faamatafauloaina. Agalelei mai Le Atua ia Samoa.  I le faasouga o Ao ma le Atufolasa.  Manuia tele le Tausaga Fou.

Soifua

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