Story: Ethnic and religious intolerance

Samoan protesters outside Parliament

Samoan protesters outside Parliament

In 1982 the Privy Council ruled that all Samoans born between 1924 and 1948 and their descendants had New Zealand citizenship. This in effect gave Samoans free entry to New Zealand. In response Parliament rushed through the Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act, granting citizenship to all Samoans resident in New Zealand at that time, but restricting the implications of the ruling. The act remained a grievance for Samoans in New Zealand, and in March 2003 a petition with over 90,000 signatures was presented to Parliament calling for its repeal. This group is protesting against the act outside Parliament at that time. The legislation has remained in force.

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Reference: 28 March 2003
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Paul Spoonley, 'Ethnic and religious intolerance - Intolerance towards Pacific migrants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Paul Spoonley, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Jun 2018