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Samoa celebrates 53 years of Independence
1 june 2015 - RNZI.

The Prime Minister of Tonga, the Ulu of Tokelau and the Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa are among the dignatories attending today's celebrations.

The traditional malae of Tiafau is the main venue for activities starting from the raising of the flag this morning, the official address by his highness the head of state, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, to be followed by a march past and traditional entertainment in the afternoon.

Samoa became independent on the first of January in 1962 after years of colonial rule first by the Germans followed by New Zealand.