RNZ Pacific’s new present Champions of the Pacific goals to showcase extra than simply their wins and losses.
Co-hosts Talei Anderson and Koro Vaka’uta together with sports activities producer and journalist Vinnie Wylie will deliver a weekly function from at present each on RNZ Nationwide and throughout the area on short-wave and on main podcast platforms.
The present goals to step away from the sphere to take a look at what makes the Pasifika athlete tick, together with in-depth interviews with athletes and members of the Pacific sports activities neighborhood and talanoa on the recent problems with the second.
Koro Vaka’uta stated he hoped Champions of the Pacific would reside as much as its identify.
“We wish to spotlight the achievers but additionally those that are championing and representing their individuals across the area and the globe,” he stated.
“Illustration means every thing to me, so to provide a voice for such individuals on a extremely revered platform is wonderful.
“I am excited as a result of we’re additionally seeking to transcend the outcomes and the sphere or court docket and seize the individual/individuals as Pasifika, fairly than simply the athlete.”
He stated there could be one thing for everybody over the approaching weeks.
Talei Anderson hoped the present would unite individuals throughout the area.
“I need this present to be an area the place our individuals can come collectively. An area the place we are able to rejoice our success, speak about our struggles and to inform our personal tales.
“I am enthusiastic about it as a result of we get to speak in regards to the issues we wish to speak about – it is a present for all of our Pasifika individuals, it is our present.”
Vinnie Wylie, has been a well-recognized voice throughout the Pacific, delivering the sports activities information and reporting on occasions throughout the area for the previous decade.
He constructed an appreciation and affinity with Pacific athletes through the years.
“We wish to showcase a number of the area’s finest sporting expertise and role-models, but additionally some sports activities and opponents doing issues a bit in a different way, or off the radar, and create an area to speak about points that have an effect on and are related to the Pacific Island sporting neighborhood,” Wylie stated.
He stated he was trying ahead bringing a special component to the sports activities media panorama.
Vaka’uta was enthusiastic about what was in retailer.
“We have been engaged on a lot content material – so I am hopeful, it doesn’t matter what sport you observe and even in case you’re not too eager on any particular self-discipline, there’s a stage of story-telling that we hope will enthrall you.”
The primary episode, out at present, encompasses a energetic dialogue with Samoan commentator Fauono Ken Laban, veteran broadcaster Keith Quinn, Silver Fern Whitney Souness and former Tongan rugby captain Inoke Afeaki exploring how Pasifika gamers names are nonetheless being mangled by many within the sports activities media.
“Pasifika are dominating the sports activities world, however commentators cannot get our names proper. What extra could be accomplished?”
Anderson stated regardless of quite a lot of social and video campaigns through the years there nonetheless appeared to be a good method to go when it got here to getting Pacific names proper.
The primary present additionally options tales on the cricket contest that brings all three Tokelau atolls to a standstill.
“Some individuals won’t realise however the atolls of Tokelau come to a digital standstill in summer season because the nation turns its consideration to their type of cricket and the color, festivities and feasting that comes with that,” Vaka’uta stated.
The Wellington department of the Ah Kuoi household additionally speak about their sporting legacy.
“One of many different segments we hope may change into semi-regular is speaking with Pasifika households, nice sporting households and never simply in regards to the sucess they’ve on the sphere but additionally what connects them and that household bond and the way it’s portrayed by sport,” stated producer, Vinnie Wylie.
Champions of the Pacific might be broadcast throughout the area on RNZ Pacific’s shortwave service on Wednesday mornings and each Wednesday evening in New Zealand on RNZ Nationwide at 9:40pm. It may also be downloaded on all main podcast platforms.