WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER OF POLYNESIAN TATTOOIST

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand---New Zealand police have charged a 53-year-old South Auckland woman with the murder of one of the world's tattooing experts.

Paulo Suluape, 49, was found beaten to death in his home in Otara late last week.

The name of the woman charged with his murder has not been released. She is scheduled to appear in court again tomorrow.

Samoan-born Mr. Suluape was a tufuga tatatau, a hereditary tradesman, who practiced the dying art of navel-to-knee tattooing, still in use in Samoa.

(For additional details, see: Leading Polynesian Tattooist Murdered at http://pidp.ewc.hawaii.edu/PIReport/1999/November/11-29-11.htm.)

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