1 Aug 2012

Samoa village to raise land issue with NZ PM

4:46 am on 1 August 2012

The village council of Satapuala in Samoa is planning to present a written petition over a land dispute to New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, when he arrives in Samoa to commemorate 50 years of the treaty of friendship between the two countries.

Mr Key will be in Samoa this week where he will be meeting the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, and a wide spectrum of political leaders.

A village matai says the land where the international airport is located was part of the village before Samoa's independence from New Zealand.

The matai says the land was taken with an agreement to be returned but New Zealand authorities at the time had made a law to discontinue the ownership of the customary land by the village.

Satapuala village is also planning to present a petition over the same issue to the New Zealand parliament.