3 Apr 2008

Samoa MPs to study standing orders in New Zealand Parliament

8:22 pm on 3 April 2008

Samoa's Parliament standing orders committee will head to New Zealand this weekend to look at the standing orders of the New Zealand parliament.

The speaker, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Lei'ataua, who is also chairman of the standing orders committee, says the invitation is from the speaker of New Zealand Parliament.

He says this will enable his committee to witness how the New Zealand parliament is run during sessions especially the time for questions and answers from MPs.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele, and former Opposition leader, Le Mamea Ropati, are also members of the committee.

The invitation comes as the speaker is facing a court challenge from the leader of the Samoa Democratic United party, Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai, over an alleged breach of standing orders by the prime minister.