Tagata Pasifika - made by Pacific people, for Pacific people.
Aired on New Zealand TV since 1987, Tagata Pasfika has provided representation of Pacific people on mainstream television for the last 30 years. Tagata Pasifika provides an authentic Pacific voice, screening news and current affairs from a Pasifika perspective. Screening 9.30am every Saturday on TVNZ 1.
(News Editor) Producer
Cook Islander John Utanga’s been a journalist in New Zealand for over 25 years. He’s been with Tagata Pasifika for most of that time as a reporter and is now the news editor. John got his start in journalism as an intern on the Cook Islands News newspaper in Rarotonga before moving to New Zealand for further study and work on community newspapers in Auckland and the Coromandel. Outside of work, John’s interests include Pacific Islands politics and cycling. He is the co-author of the book ‘Patterns of The Past: Tattoo Revival In The Cook Islands’.