Sasina, Samoa

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Sasina is located in Samoa
Coordinates: 13°27′S 172°26′W / 13.450°S 172.433°W / -13.450; -172.433Coordinates: 13°27′S 172°26′W / 13.450°S 172.433°W / -13.450; -172.433
Country  Samoa
District Gagaifomauga
 • Total 550
Time zone -11

Sasina is a village on the north coast of Savai'i island in Samoa. It is located in the political district of Gagaifomauga. The population is 550 (2006 Census).[1]

The village is part of a conservation area which includes the village of Aopo.[2] There is a primary school with a new assembly hall renovated by engineers from the United States, Australia and New Zealand under the US Navy's Pacific Partnership programme of the Pacific Fleet.[3]

Tourism Development

In 2008, an American company South Pacific Development Group (SPDG) obtained a 120-year lease for 600 acres (2.4 km2) of prime oceanfront customary land in Sasina, to build a luxury resort estimated to cost $450 – $500 million US dollars. The announcement raised concern among environmental group O Le Si'osi'omaga Society.[4] The size of the acreage and duration of the lease is unprecedented in Samoa, where 80% of the land is customary, 6% freehold and the rest under the government.[5]


  1. ^ "Population and Housing Census Report 2006" (PDF). Samoa Bureau of Statistics. July 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  2. ^ [1] Strategies for sustainable development: experiences from the Pacific by John Overton and Regina Scheyvens, p.195
  3. ^
  4. ^ [2] Pacific Environment Information Network [PEIN] Digest, July 2008, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
  5. ^ [3] Radio New Zealand International,15 May 2002. Retrieved October 25, 2009

External links

  • Samoa Census 2006

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