Pua Magasiva

Pua Magasiva (10 August 1980[3] – 11 May 2019) was a New Zealand actor of Samoan descent, best known for his roles as Shane Clarke, the Red Ranger from Power Rangers Ninja Storm, and Vinnie Kruse in New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. He was also one of the co-hosts of New Zealand radio station Flava.

Pua Magasiva
Magasiva played the fictional nurse Vinnie Kruse in Shortland Street
Born(1980-08-10)10 August 1980
Died11 May 2019(2019-05-11) (aged 38)
Wellington, New Zealand
EducationSt Patrick's College[1][2]
OccupationActor, Radio Presenter
Years active1999–2019
Spouse(s)
Kourtney Magasiva
(m. 2012; div. 2015)

Lizz Sadler (m. 2018)
Children2
RelativesRobbie Magasiva (brother)

Biography

Magasiva was born in Apia, Samoa, but raised in Wellington, New Zealand, since he was two years old.[3] He was the younger brother of actor Robbie Magasiva. It was Robbie who inspired Magasiva to become an actor, after being signed up with an acting agency and acquiring small roles.[3] In 1999, he made a minor appearance on Shortland Street as Elvis Iosefa, a relative of Louie Iosefa (played by Shimpal Lelisi). Then in 2001, he landed a role in a six-part Māori language television series called Aroha. The series went on to screen at the International Film Festival in Auckland, receiving critical praise. Finally in 2003, Magasiva made the leading roles in both Power Rangers: Ninja Storm (which included a guest appearance by Robbie in one episode) and Shortland Street.[4][3] He stayed on Shortland Street until 2006.[4] By then, he played the title character in the comedy film Sione's Wedding[4], which starred his brother Robbie and other members of the Naked Samoans. In 2007, he appeared in the horror film 30 Days of Night. In 2009, Magasiva made guest appearances in Diplomatic Immunity and Outrageous Fortune[4]. In 2011, he returned as Vinnie Kruse on Shortland Street.[4]

Outside his work on television and film, Magasiva acted in theatre, including Two Days in Dream in 2003 (written by Mario Gaoa, member of the Naked Samoans, and directed by Colin Mitchell). Another play that he acted in was Sex with Strangers, which was written by Mitchell, though Two Days in Dream was well received by critics. In 2008, he co-starred with brother Robbie in the play Where We Once Belonged. Magasiva also appeared in nine Lift Plus commercials in New Zealand and also took over his brother's role as the Small Blacks TV News presenter opposite Conrad Snakey Smith. In January 2017, he helped pull a man from his burning car.[5]

Convictions and death

Fifteen days prior to Magasiva's death, he had been sentenced to six months of supervision and seventy hours of community work for assaulting his wife.[3][6][7] Magasiva was then found dead on the 11 May 2019 during a trip to Wellington.[3][7][8] Police confirmed there were "no suspicious circumstances" around the death, and that it would be referred to the coroner. His family confirmed a private funeral for him on 17 May 2019.[9] It wasn't till after Magasiva's death that the news came out that his relationship with his wife of two and a half years had been abusive and that he had been convicted of drunk driving three times.[7][3] Magasiva refused to publicly acknowledge his history of domestic violence as he was worried it would ruin his career.[7]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001The Other Side of HeavenFinau
2001Aidiko InsanePhoebus
2004Haka & SivaSivaShort
2006Sione's WeddingSione
UsoRanatongaShort
200730 Days of NightMalekai Hamm
2010MatarikiSergeant Wolfgram
2011Panic at Rock IslandTK
2012Sione's 2: Unfinished BusinessSione

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1994; 1999; 2003–2006; 2011–2018Shortland StreetElvis Iosefa (1992, 1999)
Nurse Vinnie Kruse (2003–2006, 2011–2018)
308 episodes
2002Revelations - The Initial JourneyGreg Davies1 episode - Unfinished Business
2003Power Rangers Ninja StormShane Clarke
Red Wind Ranger
38 episodes
2004Power Rangers Dino ThunderShane Clarke
Red Wind Ranger
2 episodes
What Now?Himself1 episode – Episode #23.2
2009Diplomatic ImmunityThe Niu1 episode – Boris the Spider
Outrageous FortuneIssac5 episodes
2011East West 101Pua1 episode – Pua
2013–2019Small Blacks TVHimself
2014Flat3Winston1 episode – The Game

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003Power Rangers Ninja StormRed Ranger

References

  1. "Pua Magasiva honoured with jersey, black armbands by St Pat's College First XV". 15 May 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  2. "Wellington high school farewells former First XV player Pua Magasiva during rugby match". 15 May 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  3. Owen, Catrin. "Pua Magasiva's life in the spotlight and the 'demons' behind it". Stuff (website). Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  4. Fonseka, Dileepa; Earley, Melanie (12 May 2019). "Pua Magasiva's family acknowledges 'outpouring of love' for former Shortland Street Star". Stuff (website). Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  5. Cowlishaw, Shane (10 January 2017). "Shortland Street star real-life hero". The Press. p. A5. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  6. Hurley, Sam (26 April 2019). "Prominent Kiwi entertainer sentenced to community work for assaulting wife, placing her in headlock". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  7. Hurley, Sam (17 December 2019). "Pua Magasiva's dark final days: Actor's assault on wife Lizz now revealed after suppression lifted". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  8. "Former Shortland Street star Pua Magasiva found dead in Wellington". New Zealand Herald. 11 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  9. "Private funeral for Pua Magasiva underway". Newshub. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
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