Samoan village battles land claim
A village on the outskirts of Samoa's capital is planning to send a petition to the New Zealand Government claiming land was unfairly taken during its administration of the country.
The land at Satapuala, near Samoa's main airport, is now under the control of the Samoan Government. But the village wants it returned as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations.
The festivities continued in Apia today, as Samoa marks 50 years of self-governance.
But away from the celebrations are the villages of Satapuala and Satuimalufilufi, land next to the airport which stretches kilometres up the coast that locals say has been forgotten.
They say it was taken during New Zealand's control of Samoa early last century, and that has never been acknowledged, nor have they been fairly compensated.
"The village is suffering because of that and we want it resolved so that the villages can move forward and not have to continue as our ancestors have been doing for the past 50 years," says opposition MP Toeolesulusulu Cedric Schuster.
Part of the land claim has already been thrown out by the Supreme Court.
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