John is from Holopeka – Ha‘apai & Kolomotu‘a – Nuku‘alofa, Tongatapu.
John caught the bug for the industry since working with TAGATA PASIFIKA in 2005. Since then, he continued on to study at Auckland University of Technology graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Communication Studies degree majoring in Television.
John is particularly passionate about utilising the media as an outlet to convey the rich culture and heritage of Pacific people. This inspired his documentaries “Kava Commune” and “The Modern Afo of Tonga” which is influenced by his strong Tongan roots.
Whilst completing his degree, John has worked as a part-time reporter covering news items for the Tongan community on T-News and also Pacific radio. This earned him the Spasifik Prize and Storyboard Award for diversity Journalism in 2010. “I’m a firm believer that Pacific people deserve to be served by and represented in the media, highlighting social issues affecting their community.” This is a goal that John aims to work towards since joining TAGATA PASIFIKA.