Samoa citizenship bill: Committee receives over 24,000 public submissions

Public submissions have closed on a bill which would offer a pathway to New Zealand citizenship to a group of Samoans born between 1924 and 1949.

Public hearings on the ‘Restoring Citizenship Removed By Citizenship Act Bill’ start on Monday.

In 1982, the Privy Council ruled that because those born in Western Samoa were treated by New Zealand law as “natural-born British subjects”, they were entitled to New Zealand citizenship when it was first created in 1948 – but the government at the time overturned this ruling.

Green Party MP Teanau Tuiono’s bill aims to restore the right of citzenship to those impacted.

Last month, Tuiono said the “community want to have the issue resolved”.

Samoan Christian Fellowship secretary Reverend Aneterea Sa’u said the bill is about “trust and fairness” and encouraged the Samoan community to reach out to their local MPs to back the bill as it moves through the process.

NZ first leader Winston Peters has said his party will support the bill the way.

The Governance and Administration Committee received about 24,500 submissions on the bill.

Hearings will be held in-person and on Zoom in Wellington on 24 and 26 June, and 9 July, and there will also be hearings held in South Auckland on 1 July.

According to the news on Radio New Zealand

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