28 Jun 2011

Samoa ready to be on same dateline as NZ

6:49 pm on 28 June 2011

Samoa's parliament has passed into law legislation to move Samoa west of the international dateline.

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

At midnight on 29 December, Samoa will skip one day and go straight into a minute past midnight on 31 December.

The opposition Tautua Samoa Party supported the government's move, despite some concerns raised by several of its MPs when the bill was first tabled last month.

The deputy opposition leader, A'eau Peniamina, told the house the opposition decided to support the legislation because it's a change that benefits the people.