NEW ZEALAND: No apology for past colonialism in Samoa

New Zealand’s foreign minister Phil Goff will not apologize for his country’s former role as colonial ‘master’ in Samoa. While a Samoan historian has called for an apology for New Zealand’s role in the influenza epidemic in 1918 and the death of eight Samoan demonstrators in 1929. New Zealand Opposition MP Anae Arthur is in favor of the apology to Samoa and has called for the exploration of practical ways to assist Samoa in areas of health, such as kidney dialysis treatment. Mr. Goff has refused to apologize for any NZ actions for the period before 1930.