I got very active in trying to stop this happening, together with a few other interested people, including the New Zealand High Commissioner in Samoa, Nick Hurly, and the German Honorary Consul in Samoa, Arne Schreiber.
Unfortunately it wasn’t successful.” In March this year, another historical building met the same fate.
Samoa is very religious, with most of the population following one of the Christian denominations.
"He's been our Vice-Captain for a few years now and captain of the Highlanders, where he's been doing a fantastic job, so was the logical choice.
He leads by example and is an inspiration to his teammates.
“He represents the story from colonialism to independence in an exemplary way.” His general interest in the colonial-era buildings designed by Schaaffhausen became more specific when he became aware older buildings in Samoa were being demolished.
“I realised that the old hospital building, built in 1902, was in immediate danger of being pulled down.
We've had a good week and are really looking forward to this match.” It’s a daunting line-up not just for Samoa but for the Lions, given their struggles ahead of the three-Test series that starts next Saturday in Auckland, with head coach Warren Gatland still looking for his first-choice back three as well as his starting centre partnership.