Tagata Pasifika

The Pacific voice on
New Zealand television

since 1987

‘Champions of the Pacific’, the new sports show coming to RNZ Pacific

Hosted by RNZ Pacific Sports Journalist Talei Anderson and News Editor Koro Vaka’uta, Champions of the Pacific is an apt name for the new sports show gracing Aotearoa’s airwaves this week. Featuring in-depth interviews with athletes and prominent members from the Pasifika sports community, Champions of the Pacific will broadcast once a week. For Vaka’uta, […]

Fighting fit: Philip Tele’a on his incredible journey to the ring

Four years ago we met former bouncer Phil Tele'a as he embarked on a life-saving journey to shed weight from his 280 kg frame with the help of the Brown Buttabean Motivation group.Fast-forward to 2021, and Phil's over a hundred kilos lighter and training to fight on the undercard of the upcoming Junior Fa vs Joseph Parker fight. Soana ‘Aholelei caught up with Phil for this story.

Samoan Laser Sailor Eroni Leilua keen to get to the Tokyo Olympics

The delayed Tokyo Olympics scheduled for later this year is very much in the back of mind for many athletes preparing for the games. One of those athletes is Samoan laser sailor Eroni Leilua, who's feeling optimistic about the games. Hanalei Temese caught up with him at the North Shore training base for this story.

Joseph Parker V Junior Fa fight confirmed for February 2021

A new date has been confirmed for the blockbuster showdown between Joseph Parker and Junior Fa, with the world-ranked Kiwi heavyweights now set to clash at Auckland’s Spark Arena on Saturday, 27 February, 2021. Previously scheduled for December, the bout was postponed after blood tests revealed Fa was suffering from a health issue that required the highly-rated, undefeated prospect […]

Moana Pasifika’s first game against the mighty New Zealand Māoris

Soana 'Aholelei caught up with New Zealand's Pacific Islands rugby team, Moana Pasifika, ahead of their debut match in Hamilton against the Māori All Blacks.The Māori All Blacks vs Moana Pasifika Saturday December 05, 2020 Kickoff: 7.05 pm FMG Stadium, Waikato Hamilton New Zealand

FIFA executive Sarai Bareman named in global list of influential women in soccer

Chief Women’s Football Officer for FIFA Sarai Bareman, of Samoan and Dutch descent, has been named in a global list of 11 influential women in soccer. The inaugural Women’s International Champions Cup Best XI is comprised of the athletes, executives, journalists, coaches, and other individuals who are doing the most to advance women’s soccer. “The […]

New Zealand Paralympian #50 Shelley Kalivati celebrated

Last week Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) marked the nineth community event as part of The Celebration Project, where the achievements of New Zealand’s 209 Paralympians since Tel Aviv 1968 were officially recognised and celebrated. 18 New Zealand Paralympians were celebrated at Government House including Shelley Kalivati, who received her official ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as Paralympian […]

Damien Ekenasio using basketball to empower Wellington youth

Former basketballer Damien Ekenasio played 17 seasons with the Wellington Saints, which included six national league titles. After hanging up his laces two years ago, he’s now giving back to the sport by leading Capital Basketball, a group using the sport to empower youth across the Wellington region.