28 Jun 2011

Samoa dateline switch passed into law

6:59 pm on 28 June 2011

Samoa's parliament has passed into law the government's proposed dateline legislation which will move Samoa west of the dateline.

The move will align Samoa with its major trading partners of New Zealand and Australia as well as Asia.

At the end of December the 29th, Samoa will skip one day and go straight to December the 31st.

The legislation was debated again in the house today with the opposition party supporting the government's move despite some concerns raised by several Tautua Samoa party MPs when the bill was first tabled last month.

The deputy opposition leader, A'eau Peniamina, has told the house the opposition called a meeting and decided to give its support because it's a change that benefits the people.