Story: Samoans

Protesters outside Parliament

Protesters outside Parliament

In 1982 Parliament rushed through a law granting New Zealand citizenship to Samoan-born citizens then resident in New Zealand. This was in response to a Privy Council ruling that had given citizenship to all Samoans born between 1924 and 1948 and their descendants. The 1982 act remains a concern for Samoans resident in New Zealand who desire freedom of movement between the two countries. In March 2003 a petition with 90,000 signatures calling for the law’s repeal was presented to Parliament. About 2,000 Samoans protested with speeches, dancing and singing.

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Reference: 28 March 2003
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Lupematasila Melani Anae, 'Samoans - History and migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2024)

Story by Lupematasila Melani Anae, published 8 Feb 2005, reviewed & revised 7 Sep 2022 with assistance from  Lupematasila Melani Anae