30 Dec 2011

Dateline shift just common sense, says Samoa PM

11:27 am on 30 December 2011

Samoa's Prime Minister says the country's shift to the west of the international dateline is just common sense.

At midnight tonight, Samoa will skip a day and move to the West of the International Dateline.

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

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says he's only heard positive feedback about the move, especially from the business community.

"No longer shall we have people ringing us up on Monday from New Zealand and Australia, thinking it is our Monday, when we are closing our eyes and praying at churches. And vice versa on our Fridays to ring up and already our contacts are holidaying on your Saturdays."

Changing the dateline will mean Samoa can no longer boast to be the last country in the world to see the sun, which has seen opposition from some in the tourism industry.