Most people will know about David Tua the mighty Samoan boxing superstar.
But not so many will know about his anger issues, depression and suicidal thoughts.
‘‘These issues need to be talked about and the negative statistics cannot become the norm. We are so much more than what the statistics say about us, we are intelligent, we are kind, we are loving,’’ Tua said.
He is aiming to get more Pasifika men talking about their own battles as part of the Gathering of the 3000 event at Te Rauparaha Arena this weekend.
A key part of the Tuaman’s famous life-story involves Porirua: when Tua was 10, his dad made a trip from Samoa to Porirua to visit his parents, and decided New Zealand was the place to give his children opportunity.
Now here’s our opportunity to hear the man open up with his stories both in and out of the ring, and his message for how we can help strengthen ourselves and our families.
- Jared Nicoll