SAMOA COURT BLOCKS FUNDING FOR HAWAII EVENT

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$50,000 appropriated for Samoan Heritage Week

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Aug. 3, 2010) – American Samoa’s Governor Togiola Tulafono and Treasurer Magalei Logovi’i have been stopped from spending unbudgeted public funds on the Samoan Heritage Week celebrations in Hawaii.

The preliminary injunction is based on a stipulated agreement between Senator Velega Savali and the two leaders.

Governor Togiola had submitted a bill appropriating US$50,000for the event the day before the Fono went into a three week recess.

But under the stipulated agreement no money will be spent without approval.

The celebration is due to go ahead from next Sunday.

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