Western Samoa Act 1961

  • This version was replaced on 27 April 2017 to make corrections to Schedule 4 under section 25(1)(j)(iii) of the Legislation Act 2012.


Whereas at the date of the passing of this Act the Government of New Zealand is the administering authority for the Territory of Western Samoa under the Trusteeship Agreement for that Territory approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 13 December 1946:

And whereas the Trusteeship Agreement will terminate on 1 January 1962 and Western Samoa will thereupon become a fully independent sovereign State under the name of the Independent State of Western Samoa having a constitution which has been adopted by the people of Western Samoa:

And whereas it is expedient that provision be made declaring that Her Majesty shall have no jurisdiction over the Independent State of Western Samoa on and after the date on which the termination of the Trusteeship Agreement takes effect and for the repeal or amendment of such of the laws of New Zealand as would be incompatible with the status of Western Samoa as a fully independent sovereign State.