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Sky TV to offer Samoan language commentary for upcoming sports games

To celebrate Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa, Sky TV will be providing Samoan commentary for three upcoming sports games on Sky Sports in New Zealand. The events include the Warriors V Cowboys rugby league game today, Friday 28th May, at 8pm; the Mystics v Steel netball game on Sunday 30th May […]

Fijian rugby player remembered as ‘gentle giant’

A fundraising page has been set up to support the family of Fijian rugby player Nemani Waka, who died in France earlier this week following a long battle with cancer. By RNZ Pacific The 34 year-old second rower played club rugby in Wellington and for East Coast in the Heartland Championship before stints with Chambéry […]

Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua to join new Super Rugby competition in 2022

In a significant step forward for Pacific Island rugby, Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua have been granted conditional licences to join a planned new professional competition next year, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced today. The NZR Board’s decision to approve licences is a major step toward the two Pasifika teams joining NZR’s existing five Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa […]

Powerlifting champ Karlina Tongotea combines medicine with might

At just 28 years old, 'Beauty and Brains' is being re-invented by GP and New Zealand Powerlifting Champion Karlina Tongotea.

Jerome Kaino launches underwear brand with body positivity campaign

Former All Black and international rugby player Jerome Kaino has launched a new underwear brand for men called Mint Wear with two childhood friends from South Auckland. Kaino, creative director Bayon Kim and managing director Rocky Lokeni developed Mint Wear after struggling to find underwear that fit their different lifestyles. The brand launched with a […]

On the red carpet: Halberg Awards Decade Champions

 Last night’s ISPS Handa Halberg Awards celebrated New Zealand sporting achievements of the decade. While the three Pasifika nominees – Dame Valerie Adams, Gabrielle Fa’amausili and Maddison-Lee Wesche – were absent on the night, we caught up with fellow Pasifika sporting greats on the red carpet to celebrate the finalists’ achievements. Dame Valerie Adams […]

World Rugby to help fund two new Pacific Island Super Rugby teams

World Rugby has agreed to spend more than $7 million over the next three years to support the establishment of two new Pacific Island Super Rugby teams. By RNZ The Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika were announced in November as New Zealand Rugby’s preferred partners to join an expanded 12-team competition in 2022, subject to […]

Savea brothers embarking on Samoan language journey to build cultural connection

This article was first published in March 2021 Julian Savea has revealed he and brother Ardie are learning to speak Samoan ahead of this weekend’s Mana Moana themed round of Super Rugby Aotearoa. By Finlay Dunseath and Joe Porter for rnz.co.nz Returning to the Hurricanes set-up this year after spending a three year spell with Toulon […]

Major signing as Tuungafasi extends time with Blues and NZR until 2024

All Blacks and Blues prop Ofa Tuungafasi has signed a new contract with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and his Blues club. In what is a major re-signing, Tuungafasi will stay in New Zealand until 2024, which makes him the first All Black to reconfirm his allegiance to New Zealand beyond the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The […]