31 Dec 2011

Samoa and Tokelau change their time zones

5:42 am on 31 December 2011

Bells have ring around Samoa to mark move across the dateline, putting Samoa in the same time zone as New Zealand.

At midnight last night local time, Samoa moved straight from Thursday to Saturday.

But our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says workers won't lose a day's pay.

"The government has already passed a legislation way before the change took place, even though Friday is missing this week, all businesses and government ministries have been asked by the government to still pay their employees the missing Friday."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia in Apia.