David Fane

David Fane (born 1966) is a New Zealand actor of Samoan descent.

David Fane
Spouse(s)Bronwyn Bradley

Early life and education

Fane was educated at St. Pauls College in Grey Lynn.


Fane got into acting quite late and trained at the New Zealand Drama School Toi Whakaari, graduating in 1991.

He first appeared on television in a sketch comedy show called SKITZ alongside future Naked Samoans Oscar Kightley and Robbie Magasiva. He then did the sitcom spinoff "The Semisis" in which he played the father and the minister. In 2004 he performed in a play written by Oscar Kightley and Dave Andrews called Niu Sila. The play won the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Outstanding New Zealand Play of the Year.[1] Fane was a founding member of Naked Samoans. He played a leading role in Sione's Wedding. Other roles include parts in The Tattooist, bro'Town, Outrageous Fortune and the lead role in Diplomatic Immunity.

Fane is part host on the TV2 series "Island Wars" and morning host for the New Zealand radio station Flava 95.8 for 10 years.

In 2016 he was awarded the Emerging Pacific Artist award with Oscar Kightley at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifka Awards.[2]



2002Tongan NinjaHerman the Henchman
2003The Legend of Johnny LingoKata
2006Sione's WeddingBolo/Paul
2007Eagle vs SharkEric Elisi
2011Love BirdsKanga
2012Sione's 2: Unfinished BusinessBolo/Paul
TBANext Goal WinsPost-production


1993–97SKITZVarious Characters
1996Telly LaughsVarious Characters
1998The SemisisDad
2002–2003The StripJack Sione
2004–2009Bro'TownJeff da Maori / Rodney McCorkenstein-Taifule 'Mack'/ Pepelo Pepelo / Agnes Tapili / Additional Voices
2005The MarketTu'u Lima
2005–2010Outrageous FortuneFalani
2009Diplomatic ImmunityJonah Fa'auigaese
2010RadiradirahVarious characters


On 23 June 2010, at the inaugural Radio Roast Fane pushed insult comedy boundaries when roasting advertising executives in front of a celebrity audience. He said that "Hitler had a right", people living with HIV deserved to be "roasted", and "Jews were expendable". The media, taking the incident out of context, suggested it was a drunken tirade when in fact it was in line with the theme of the night, a risque comedy Roast. Several days after a hoax resignation was circulated to media outlets, Fane apologised to the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) and New Zealand Jewish Council. Both organisations accepted his apology on behalf of their communities. Fane was suspended from his Radio Network breakfast show for one week. [3][4][5]


  1. Burrows, Melanya (2 March 2005). "A friendship caught in a cultural collision". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  2. "Arts Pasifika Awards". Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  3. http://www.throng.co.nz/radiradirah/dave-fane-gets-roasted
  4. "Fane resignation a hoax". 3 News. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  5. "Radio Roast rant lands Fane suspension". The Press. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2011.

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