Rugby League Legend and NRL Hall of of Famer Ruben Wiki sits down with the 'Asking for a Mate' team and talks growing up in Otara, his work with White Ribbon as a national ambassador speaking out against family violence and his experience with it first hand, making the NRL, his rugby league journey, New Zealand league talent here and more.
He also takes questions sent through from Facebook Live, gives his iPod top 5, when he started drinking Kava and more.
Asking for a Mate (AFAM) are informative and inspiring conversations with a variety of special guests over drinks and food. Season One is brought to you in partnership with 37 Hz and @Keys Down, Real Talk a community-led drink driving reduction campaign.
Great Britain received a rude awakening on their return to international rugby league when they were beaten 14-6 in their opening tour match by a Tonga Invitational XIII in Hamilton.
After being mothballed for 12 years, the Lions returned with high hopes for their tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea but instead they became the latest victims of the rise of Tonga. Although a legal dispute between the old governing body and the International Rugby League meant the hosts were forced to play under an Invitational banner, the game was given full Test-match status and the near full-strength Tongans showed their brilliant 2017 World Cup exploits were no fluke.
Kristian Woolf's men beat the Kiwis on their way to the last four two years ago before pushing England all the way in a dramatic semi-final. And their display in their first meeting with Great Britain proved beyond doubt they are worthy of tier one status.…more
Samoa has produced some of the world's best rugby players. But for decades, cultural norms prevented women from playing the sport.
As a young girl, Tafale longed to play the game, even though her parents discouraged her from taking it up.
Now a single mother, she embraces Samoan customs, known as the Fa'a Samoa, and diligently meets her family responsibilities. But she hasn't given up her rugby dreams.
When Olympic try-outs are announced, Tafale is determined to make the women's national team. Can she maintain local traditions and still fulfil her ambitions?
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DEJEALOUS SILI PALOTA-KOPA
LAW & PACIFIC STUDIES STUDENT &
PRIME MINISTERS PACIFIC YOUTH - COMMUNITY STAR AWARD RECIPIENT
Dejealous is 23 years old, of Samoan descent and is currently studying Law and Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland. She has been an active volunteer, mentor and leader for a wide range of charities and organisations. From being the President of ASTRA Auckland (community service club), coordinator of health packs for Starship, being an ambassador for the Heart foundation, being a Marshall for the annual PRIDE Festiva and being a blood donor to shaking a bucket for the breast cancer foundation, all this was done out of her passion to love and serve others.
She’s always had a particular passion for working with youth with disabilities and for the past 5 years, has worked closely with the special needs community through volunteering for Recreate New Zealand, Star Jam, and the Auckland Down Syndrome Association. In 2016, she received the Sunpix Emerging Leadership Award, and more recently became the first runner up for the Miss Samoa New Zealand pageant.…more
Married couple Ben and Yvonne are Samoan & Tongan respectively & vlog about life together as well as cultural differences from Ben being American raised and Yvonne being New Zealand raised.
In this Vlog, Yvonne tests her husband to see how much of the Tongan language and culture he's picked up on so far.
Upcoming movie release 'The Legend of Baron To'a' boasts an all-star Pasifika and Māori cast starring Uli Latukefu, Nathaniel Lees, Jay Laga’aia, John Tui, Shavaughn Ruakere and Fasitua Amosa alongside rising stars Duane Evans Jr. and Lotima Pome’e (General Fiyah).
‘The Legend of Baron To’a’ tells the story of Fritz, a Tongan entrepreneur who returns to his old neighbourhood and inadvertently causes the theft of his late father’s valued pro wrestling title belt by some ruthless gangsters led by ‘man-mountain’ Tahu. When negotiation and diplomacy fail to get it back, he is forced to embrace his father’s legacy to reclaim the title.
'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' meets 'Kung-Fu Hustle' in this action-packed urban adventure directed by Kiel McNaughton.
ASPIRING OPERA SINGER/PERFORMER &
WINNER OF THE 2019 CREATIVE NZ ARTS PASIFIKA, IOSEFA ENARI MEMORIAL AWARD
I was born and raised in South Auckland, grew up in Manurewa - Rewa Hard - for about 17 years of my life. My family attended a church in Manurewa and still do. My grandfather was a pastor for that church for a good 20 years. I also went to Primary School in Manurewa, played Rugby League for the Manurewa Marlins and I'm really proud to be from Manurewa. I'm a Samoan, my grandparents come from Samoa, my Mums family come from the villages of Vaimoso and Salelologa, Savai'i and my Dads parents come from Fasito'o uta and Fogapoa, Savai'i.…more
Congratulations to the seven Pasifika artists honoured tonight for their innovation and excellence in Pacific Arts and their contribution to the rich diversity of Aotearoa's multi-cultural nation.
The seven award recipients this year represent a range of artforms and are cultural and artistic experts in their fields – from traditional Kiribati master weavers to a contemporary tatau artist, who is the first female to receive traditional tutelage in the art of tatau.
Leading influencer and advocate for the disability arts community, Fonoti Pati Umaga QSM, is the first ever Pacific Toa Artist Award recipient. This inaugural award is a new category added to the awards under Creative New Zealand’s Pacific Arts.
The awards were presented tonight at the Banquet Hall in Parliament to the following recipients:
PATI UMAGA QSM
- Pacific Toa Artist Award recognises the contribution of a Pasifika artist with the lived experience of disability to the standing, and standard, of Pacific arts nationally or globally.…more
In 2011 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu received a six-month suspended ban from the Rugby World Cup for tweeting that top referee Nigel Owens was biased & racist as well as comparing the treatement of Samoa and other Tier 2 countries at the Cup to slavery and much more.
He explains his frustration with the biased policies of World Rugby to both Close Up (video above) and John Campbell (video below).
"I just want the next generation of Samoan rugby players to be given a level playing field, I want them to stop treating the tier-two teams like crap." - Eliota said in his interview with Close Up
Sadly the issues Eliota raised in 2011 are still major talking points at this Rugby World Cup in 2019 - biased reffing against the Tier 2 teams in particular when playing Tier 1 teams and an obvious bias towards the Tier 2 teams giving them only three or four day breaks between matches when Tier 1 teams like the All Blacks have up to a week rest in between games.