24 Jun 2010

Samoa's head of state flown to NZ for medical reasons

10:23 am on 24 June 2010

Samoa's head of state, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, is in New Zealand medical reasons.

The 72 year-old head of state was admitted to the Tupua Tamasese Mea'ole hospital in Samoa's capital Apia, before being flown to New Zealand.

He was accompanied by his wife, a government official, as well as a medical doctor.

Reports say Tui Atua has already undergone several medical checks and is recovering well in Auckland.