SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS TEAM MATES SAMOAN CONNECTION
San Francisco Giants latest recruits - Sean Manaea (left in picture above) and Blake Sabol may make history as the first Samoan battery (The pitcher and catcher together) in Major Baseball League history if they get the opportunity to step out on the field together this season.
“Sean's half-Samoan. I'm half-Samoan, as well,” Sabol told the Giants Beat Newsletter. “So I actually brought it up to him. I was like, ‘Dude, we might make history this year.…more
Tavatavanawai Moana vs Drua preview
By Thomas Airey
The 2023 Super Rugby Pacific competition kicks off tonight in Christchurch, while the two Pacific Islands teams Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua go head to head tomorrow night at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.
Thomas Airey previews Moana Pasifika’s very own Fijian flyer Timoci Tavatavanawai who will take on his country men in the Pasifika clash.
Moana Pasifika’s very own Fijian flyer Timoci Tavatavanawai can’t wait to take on his countrymen the Fijian Drua at Mt Smart Stadium for the first time.
The 25-year-old from the villages of Naikawaga, Namara and Tailevu is more than excited for Saturday’s Super Rugby Pacific round one matchup.
“It’s really special,” said Tavatavanawai, who was named to start on the right wing for Moana.
“I’ve got mates over there that I know, it’s going to be really fun.”
Among Tavatavanawai’s former Fiji Under-20 teammates in the Fijian Drua lineup is Tuidraki Samusamuvodre, who has drawn the unenviable task of marking him on the left wing.…more
Dancers from Hawai'i reflect on performing in Super Bowl halftime spectacular
Now that the NFL season is over, football fans are already counting down to next year, but many in the entertainment industry are still buzzing over Rihanna’s halftime show spectacular.
Of the near 300 dancers involved in the Super Bowl performance, three were born and raised in Hawaii - Summer Waikiki, Dezmond Soliven & Sienna Lalau (Samoan heritage)
They share with Hawai'i News Now their experience in the video above.
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Sienna Lalau shared that this segment of choreography for the show was her favourite -
FAIR GAME PODCAST
"Is it a fair game? Good question."
Pacific Islands rugby players are celebrated around the globe for their passion, flair and the physical commitment they bring to the game. The Rugby World Cup in 2019 saw eleven out of the twenty teams fielding players of Pacific heritage - who made up more than 20% of the numbers taking the field at the competition.
Rugby brings joy, money and a sense of identity to many in the Pacific Islands. But how badly are they treated by the powerful forces that run the game?
It's a story about rugby and some of the best players the game has ever seen.
The full season is out now on Apple podcasts, iHeart, Pacific Media Network and here at RNZ
OR click into the link below & listen to the whole show on Spotify.
Produced, written and hosted by James Nokise, John Daniell & Talei Anderson
HUMANS OF THE ISLANDS - NICK WILLIAMS
CO-OWNER & GENERAL MANAGER MATAI WATCHES
COOK ISLANDS / NIUEAN
My name is Nick Williams and I own half of the Pacific Watch company - Matai Watches.
My business partner Andrew is from Samoa, while I'm born and bred in West Auckland. My mother is of Niuean descent and my father is from the Cook Islands.
My responsibility is the day to day operations of Matai Watches, our company that we launched in July 2022 after five years of development.
What were the pathways that led you to getting into designing/making watches?
It came from many years of failed ideas as entrepreneurs. I have personally tried my hand at loads of different side hustles and legitimate businesses, but looking back they were all learning phases. Nothing has come close to the responsibility and brand awareness quite like this one. This is the first business where I feel we are at peace - spiritually, mentally and financially.
The idea was to have a product we could call our own, and as the story goes ...…more
Hawkes Bay RSE workers - How to Help/Donate
Now that accommodation and evacuation centres have been set up, we have an update on where the displaced Pasifika RSE workers are staying in the aftermath of the Cyclone Gabrielle floods.
We've also included details of organisations you can donate to who are providing care and assistance as well as distributing donations, food, clothing and other basic necessities to these workers and others in Hawkes Bay who have lost everything.…more
Parris Goebel on Good Morning America - BTS of Rihanna's Super Bowl halftime show
Samoan choreographer Parris Goebel discusses choreographing Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime show on Good Morning America.
Plus in case you missed it, an ad she choreographed also appeared during the Super Bowl coverage. She discusses that here and if you haven't seen it you can check it out in the video below -
Hawkes Bay & Tairawhiti: Cyclone Gabrielle update
On the 14th of February 2023, the NZ government declared a national State of Emergency in New Zealand to assist in the response to Cyclone Gabrielle.
Tairawhiti, Napier and parts of Hawkes Bay have been among the worst affected towns with Transpower saying it has declared a grid emergency given the loss of power in both regions.
"People should be prepared to be without power for days to weeks, rather than hours"
Visuals of the widespread devastation have been heartbreaking with 4 deaths confirmed and up to at least 9,000 people displaced in Hawkes Bay alone (10,500 country wide) with those numbers expected to rise as rescues are ongoing.
RNZ has reported a dozen helicopters from the Defence Force, rescue services and private operators plucked up to 400 people to safety.…more
JUJU SMITH SCHUSTER DRAFT DAY
Behind the scenes peak at Samoan football player Juju Smith Schuster waiting with his family to be drafted to the NFL.
He was originally picked up by the Steelers but went to Kansas City Chiefs for the 2022/2023 season and has now won a Superbowl ring.
Or watch it on YouTube here
FAST X Trailer
It's the final piece of the Fast & Furious franchise and along the way one of our Poly super stars came & went getting his own spinoff (The Rock with Hobbs & Shaw) and now another Poly super star joins the family for one last ride.
Find out who in the video above