23 Oct 2017

Samoa PM back after NZ medical check up

5:36 pm on 23 October 2017

Samoa's prime minister is now at home and is said to be in good spirits after nearly three weeks in New Zealand for medical tests.

Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa welcomes home the PM  Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi on Sunday 22 October 2017 after he was hospitalised in New Zealand

Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa welcomes home the PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi on Sunday 22 October 2017 after he was hospitalised in New Zealand Photo: Supplied

Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi was flown by air ambulance to Auckland on 5 October.

He returned to Samoa on Sunday evening on a commercial flight and went to his home, Ululoloa.

Our correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia said he had received reports the prime minister looked well.

"I was able to meet one of the matais from his village of Falevao where he is the chiefly title holder of Neioti from that village, and the matai was telling me that they went with several matais to meet him and welcome him back home at his residence at Ululoloa.

"When they got there early this morning the prime minister was out doing some exercise, and they were able to meet and talk to him when he returned home. But according to the matai, yeah, he looks well."