E tuwhera tonu ana ngā tatau o Hāmoa - Toihau Tāpoi o Hāmoa

Tema Hemi
He wahine o Hāmoa ka whakaari i te Fa'asāmoa / Pūtake - Kōnae.

Ko te tāpoi ka kaha whāngai i te ōhanga o Hāmoa. E whakapaetia ana, ko tōna toru rau e toru tekau mā iwa miriona tārā tōna wāriu ia tau. Kua kaha pākia te rāngai tāpoi ki Hāmoa me te ōhanga i te nui o te hunga kua whakakore i wā rātou haerenga ki reira, nō te tīmatanga o te urutā karawaka i te Mahuru. 

Ko te tatau o te hunga mate i te karawaka kua piki atu ki te 72 i te matenga o tētahi atu i roto i te 24 haora nei. E ai ki ngā kōrero hōu a te Kāwanatanga o Hāmoa, tāpiri ki te hunga kua mate, kua tau te kōrero a Te Manatū Hauora o Hāmoa, e 4,995 tāngata kua pākia e ai ki Te Tira Aromātai Tahumaero, nō te wā i hōrapa ai te karawaka i te Whiringa-ā-nuku. 

Koinei te wā o te tau e tino eke ai ngā mahi tāpoi o Hāmoa ki tōna taumata, hēoi nā te hōrapa haere o te karawaka, kua huri tuarā atu ngā tūruhi.  

Ā e āwangawanga ana te Tāhuhu Rangapū o Te Mana Tāpoi o Hāmoa, a Fa'amatuainu Lenata'i Suifua. "There's a story going around that Samoa is not safe. But let us assure that Samoa is still open for business. The hotels are open, the airlines are running, even the car rentals. All the businesses are open."

E rongonui ana a Hāmoa mō tōna āhua ake, ōna takutai mōana, ōna maunga, ōna matuaiwi, mō ngā manākitanga hoki a te hau kāinga.   

"What we offer to the outside world is Fa'asāmoa, the Samoan way of doing things. Fa'asāmoa is what makes us unique from the other destinations. That's how we do things, it’s how we live, how we eat and how we actually react so Fa'asāmoa is everything for us," tā Fa'amatuainu.

Ahakoa te kōrero hahani mō Hāmoa e rere āwhio ana, kaare ētahi tūruhi nō Ahitereiria mō te aro atu.  

"Actually me and my fiance are getting married here so it didn't even put us of," te kōrero a tētahi.

Nā tētahi atu te kōrero, "The hospitality has been fantastic, and I think it’s important to come and support the Samoan people they're lovely. We've had a wonderful time.

"A lot of the tourist destinations we've been to, we've been the only ones there so it is very quiet.”

“We've loved Samoa and are saddened by the crisis but by coming here we've done our bit to help,” te kōrero a tētahi atu.

E ai ki a Fa'amatuainu, i kaha ake ai Te Manatū Tāpoi o Hāmoa ki te whakahaumaru i ngā waahi katoa mā ngā tūruhi. 

"Before we hit the measles like in terms of the fatalities the tourism industry was preparing in terms of vaccinations for all the hotel staff as well as the key agencies."

E matapae ana a Fa'amatuainu, ka piki anō te nui o ngā tūruhi hei te otinga atu o te karawaka, ā e whakatenatena ana ia i te tangata kia haere tonu ki Hāmoa i tēnei raumati.