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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

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