Triplets make 12

THE arrival of identical triplets in any family is a rare event, but this Rockhampton couple already had seven children.

Last week, Kolose, 43, and Siniva Paia'aua, 37, say their family went through about 10 loaves of bread and six three litre containers of milk.

With seven kids under the age of 14 they needed a nine-seater Toyota van to get around and a trip to the movies cost more than $100.

But with the triplets' arrival on Monday night, things are about to get even more hectic.

"We didn't even know she was pregnant until five months had passed ... we were shocked but we are very happy now,'' Mr Paia'aua said.

He said the new sisters were welcomed by the family's other children: Teine, 14, Teru, 12, Rowina, 9, Duncan, 10, Johyran, 7, Celine, 4 and Tala, 3.

Yesterday, the happy dad packed the entire family into the van and took them to Rockhampton Hosp-ital to meet their new sisters; Freda, Keicha and Sarah.

Nearby patients and visitors could only look on in amazement as the family crowded around their very tired mother, but Mr Paia'aua says they are used to it.



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