Samoa First Party

New political party in Samoa proposes China immigration ban

The Samoa First Party announced the policy last week, outraging some in the country's sizeable Chinese community.

Its deputy leader told local media he wanted to "repatriate" the Chinese out of Samoa, comments which were later withdrawn.

Party leader Unasa Iuni Sapolu says the official policy is to ban all Chinese migrants but she insists the party isn't racist.

"We must put Samoans as a priority. We can't held against ... once the Chinese come over they bring over the products, they are from a bigger, much bigger, billions and billions of population," she said.

Samoa First leader aims to stop customary land leasing

Leader Unasa Iuni Sapolu will be campaigning to have the Land and Titles Registration Act 2008 removed.

Under the act, Ms Sapolu said the Minister of Natural Resources can lease customary land without the owners having to provide informed consent.

She said this was illegal.

"Who is controlling the land? Obviously the leaseholder who is the Minister [and] has his power been legitimatised by the customary land owners?"

She said the answer was "no".

"That move, in my view, is a violation of the constitutional right of the customary land owners."