Samoans Abroad

FIRST PACIFIC ISLANDER? Steve Viliamu has won preselection to run for the seat of Woodridge in next year’s state government election. It is understood he is the first Pacific Islander to run for state parliament. Photo by Chris McCormack.

“I feel someone of my particular background and experiences can contribute significantly to the area by advocating a strong message of hope, ideals and vision” – Steve Viliamu

FIRING UP: Husky Linebacker Psalm Wooching’s been playing with fire since he was five. Photo / Evening magazine

“Not a rite of passage but kinda like a transitioning into manhood I guess you could say?”

GOOD TIMES: The Prime Minister To’osavili John Key and Judith Collins in happier times in 2009. Photo / Mark Mitchell

NZ Herald - New Zealand Prime Minister, To’osavili John Key, had turned down the use of the “Honourable” title for former Minister, Labour's Taito Phillip Field, because he was jailed for corruption.

A SAMOAN WITH BIG PLANS: First generation student,  Soma Leio.

Keresoma, or “Soma” Leio comes from a tightly knit Samoan family.

STRING OF OFFENCES: Puipuimaota Galuvao arrives at Kogarah Local Court on Tuesday, to face charges relating to the death of Aneri Patel (inset). Photo / Peter Rae

“The pain, grief and loss of your beloved Aneri. We know that nothing we can say will ease your pain. We know that your lives will be changed forever” – Joe Galuvao