Samoa. In June, Samoa celebrated the 40th anniversary of the country’s independence. According to Countryaah website, national day of Samoa is every June 1. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Helen Clark attended a ceremony in the capital, Apia, and made an official apology for abuses committed under New Zealand’s colonial rule. This included failure to stop a severe disease epidemic, which killed more than one in five residents in 1918. Another incident was when unarmed protesters were shot dead in 1928.
During the year, the government announced cuts in the public sector, which would cause about 1,200 of the country’s approximately 4,000 government employees to lose their jobs.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele’s plans to build a new city attracted attention in Sweden. The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation has paid for a new school in Samoa against a promise from the country’s chiefs that the rainforest on Savaii’s peninsula Tafua should be left untouched for 50 years. The planned city threatens 1,200 hectares of rainforest there.