19 Nov 2010

More insults in row between Samoa PM and NZ's TV3

10:50 am on 19 November 2010

The name calling in a dispute between the Samoa prime minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, and New Zealand TV3 host, John Campbell, has escalated.

TV3 wants to interview Tuila'epa after he criticised the Campbell show for claims alleging misuse of funds provided following last year's tsunami.

On local television this week he called Mr Campbell a moe tolo, or sexual predator.

Earlier he'd referred to Mr Campbell as a stupid Palagi who couldn't read reports which Tuila'epa says show aid that has been received has been appropriately allocated.

An opposition MP Levaopolo Talatonu says such language is inappropriate for a leader to use.