Complaints made against television presenter John Campbell by the Samoan Government have not been upheld by the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority.
The Samoan administration complained to the BSA after Campbell Live aired a story questioning how $59.4 million of tsunami relief money had been spent in Samoa.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele and Campbell had a on-camera confrontation outside an Apia restaurant as the broadcaster investigated an alleged scandal around tsunami relief funds.
Samoa's attorney general consequently made formal complaints about two news items from Campbell, alleging that they breached accuracy and fairness broadcasting standards.
The BSA found the Samoan Government was given fair and reasonable opportunity to respond to the matters raised by Campbell's show.
"As senior politicians they should have been familiar with dealings with media and they were aware of the subject matter of the story," chair Peter Radich wrote in the report.
In the BSA's view, Campbell Live implied that the Government had mismanaged or misspent aid money and donations.
However, the report said it was not the role of the BSA to determine whether the Samoan Government's response was "adequate" following the devastating 2009 tsunami.
TV3 director of news and current affairs Mark Jennings said they were confident that Campbell's reporting had been careful and accurate.
"We are pleased that the BSA has recognised this."
Samoa's Prime Minister hit out at Campbell in a letter in November last year, telling him he "had much to learn about good manners".
"The rule for any interview is that the interviewee calls the tune. John has much to learn about good manners and the need to respect the culture of people he chooses to interview," Sailele wrote.