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NZ: PIMA mourns loss of Pacific Media Network's Tom Etuata

Tom Etuata (pictured right) and his team at Pacific Media Network broadcast to Aotearoa's Pacific communities at Niu Fm, Radio 531pi and Pacific Radio News. Image:Gladys Hartson/Pacific Scoop

Monday, October 29, 2012

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AUCKLAND (Pacific Islands Media Association / Pacific Media Watch): The Pacific Islands Media Association (PIMA) team would like to extend its condolences to the family of Tom Etuata, chief executive of Radio 531 PI and Niu FM, after he passed away in Auckland on Saturday.
This is a very sad loss for the Pacific communities in New Zealand, especially the Niuean community. His passing will also leave a huge gap in Pacific broadcasting.

In 2009, Tom was appointed CEO of the Pacific Media Network Trust which runs both the nationwide Radio Niu FM and Auckland’s Radio 531pi. He was committed to a quality news service for the Pacific communities in New Zealand as well as for the region.

The son of Rev Tom Etuata senior, Tom was not only active in the Niuean community but he also played a key role in the promotion of various Pacific events including the Pacific Music Awards.

He was well-known for his commitment to a healthy lifestyle and held the position of secretary-general for the South Pacific Bodybuilding Federation as well as being involved with the Samoan Sports Awards.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom Etuata's family and work colleagues at this sad time.
Kia Monuina and Fakaue Lahi Tom
The team from PIMA.


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