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Relations refreshed with Samoa

An agreement that formally allows New Zealand and Samoan police to undertake mutual assistance was recently re-signed by the Commissioners of both countries' Police at PNHQ.

Commissoner Howard Broad and newly appointed Samoan Police Commissioner Lilomaiava (Lilo) Su’emalo Fou Taioalo signed a Memorandum of Arrangement (MoA) that was first formalised in 2005 by former Police Commissioner Rob Robinson.

Pacific Liaison Officer Superintendent Ross Adern (left) joined

Police Commissioners of New Zealand and Samoa to refresh a

policing agreement between the two countries.

Photo: Chris Ward

Police Commissioner Taioalo says the signing was very important for Samoa. “It allows us to facilitate requests both ways and strengthen the great relationships we already have with New Zealand Police.”

New Zealand Police has strong connections with Samoa and the local Samoan community. Superintendent Ross Adern is based in the Samoan captial, Apia, as Police’s Pacific Liaison Officer.

The International Services Group (ISG) manages the relationship between the two countries, including deployments to Samoa and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade funded programmes in Samoa, such as the drug detector dog programme, file management and prosecutions processes.

In New Zealand, Police employs more than 250 staff of Samoan descent.

Many districts have Pacific Advisory Boards and Pacific Liaison Officers who are the face of Police for Samoan communities.

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