SHORT­LAND STREET STAR run­ning hot

Fit­ness is a cru­cial part of 35-year-old Pua Ma­ga­siva’s life and his lat­est pur­suit in­volves putting on the run­ning shoes. LO­RAINE THOM­SON finds this ac­tor has a lineup of fit­ness goals still to ful­fill.

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Anew fit­ness pur­suit for Short­land Street ac­tor Pua Ma­ga­siva, has seen him run­ning his first half marathon in Queen­stown.

“It was the first and long­est run I have ever done in my life. I could not sleep the night be­fore. My lungs and head were fine. It was just my legs were killing me. The course was awe­some – Queen­stown is a beau­ti­ful place. I like hills, but the path­way was nar­row.”

Pua ran with his two cousins, but man­aged to beat both, com­ing in with a time of one hour 59 min­utes. One was his cousin and best friend Faa­tonu Fili who has played rugby for Samoa, the Lions and for Ja­pan.

“We have al­ways been two phys­i­cal guys, but dur­ing the race he started to slow down due to chaffing. I had cramps run­ning up my legs, but I changed my run­ning style, putting more weight on my heels. Once the ter­rain changes, you have to read­just things. Then there are times when there are peo­ple in the way. If there were peo­ple I knew run­ning a good pace, I would stay be­hind them to main­tain that pace.”

With just 1km to go to the fin­ish line, the mu­sic Pua was lis­ten­ing to as he ran, re­minded him of his five-year-old daugh­ter. Re­cently Jas­mine had run a cross-coun­try event at her school. Pua was video­ing the event and was su­per proud as she won the race. He later put the video to­gether with the mu­sic

Shot Me Down by Vince Harder. “This song came on dur­ing the last 1km and I kicked into gear.”

Pua had been wear­ing the lat­est TomTom fit­ness watch, for which he is an am­bas­sador. The watch stores mu­sic that you can lis­ten to with wire­less ear­phones.

“My train­ing had not been as good as it could have been – I get re­ally bored if I run too much – and so the mu­sic helped.”

Pua ad­mits for a full marathon, he would get train­ing from some­one who has done marathons be­fore. With work

“I like be­ing beaten up [with box­ing] be­cause I learn.”

com­mit­ments [odd hours and no set times] he does find fit­ting in train­ing a lit­tle hard.

He nev­er­the­less, has set his sights on run­ning a full marathon over­seas, pos­si­bly at the end of this year.”

“I would like to do New York as I have never been there. Run­ning a marathon is some­thing I have never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. When I play sport or when I am in the box­ing ring things come in­stinc­tively to me. When you run a marathon the only thing is to go for­ward and fol­low the course. Af­ter a while you think about your legs and you talk to your body me­chan­i­cally to go.”

Pua’s goal is to com­plete the whole marathon with­out stop­ping or walk­ing.

Run­ning and in­deed fit­ness, is some­thing that has helped Pua through tough times. Some years back and with a lit­tle help from his now ex-wife, Pua was pushed into a per­sonal train­ing course.

“I had fin­ished Short­land Street, first time round and had noth­ing to go to and no qual­i­fi­ca­tions. I was do­ing labour­ing at that time. It wasn’t mak­ing me happy. I was binge drink­ing in the week­ends and deep anger would man­i­fest it­self. I got into some dark places within my­self.

“When I found per­sonal train­ing I learnt how fit­ness works your body and how it makes you feel good. I started to grow a pas­sion for it. When you un­der­stand how things work in your body, you find the ben­e­fits and how you can use that to cre­ate a bet­ter life for your­self. That’s how it all started and I have never turned back from there.”

Pua’s fam­ily has al­ways been a sport­ing fam­ily. His brother Rob­bie had been a good rugby player, but act­ing was what he wanted to do.

“We all grew up be­ing an out­doors fam­ily. We were al­ways at the beach and div­ing. This of­ten in­volved walk­ing to se­cluded lo­ca­tions car­ry­ing div­ing gear and food. We would do that ev­ery week­end. For hol­i­days we would go camp­ing.”

Pua’s early years were spent in Welling­ton. The big shift to Auck­land came in 2000.

“I got a taste of the big city and my brother was up here. Once I got a taste of the big city, I had to move. Welling­ton was too small. It was a lot more ex­cit­ing in Auck­land and I like ex­cit­ing and big.”

The ex­cite­ment was fu­elled by his star­ing role in the long-run­ning tele­vi­sion se­ries

Short­land Street, which he has seen him on and off the show for nine years.

“The first time I was on for three years. Then I had six years off.”

It was dur­ing this time that Pua trained as a per­sonal trainer.

“I went to Syd­ney and worked as a per­sonal trainer for two years and then trav­elled to the UK. I was young and I was driven and had what it takes.

“Fit­ness has helped me with a lot of things men­tally. Fit­ness is good to re­lease anger. It is a lot more safer way than bat­tling stuff in your mind.

“We grew up as Pa­cific Is­lan­ders. It is in our blood and in our fam­i­lies. We do not talk about it. Vi­o­lence is what we were brought up with and so it came to find­ing a pos­i­tive way to be able to deal with it.”

Al­though born in New Zealand, Pua’s par­ents are from Samoa. The tat­too on his arm rep­re­sents both his mum and dad’s fam­ily.

“I have not been back since my wed­ding four years ago,” says Pua, whose mar­riage lasted just three years.

Asked about where he does his fit­ness, Pua says: “The world is my gym.”

He does train at Shane Cameron’s gym and at Ludus Mag­nus gym “ev­ery now and again”, ad­mit­ting he likes vari­a­tion.

“My great­est pas­sion at the mo­ment is box­ing. I have been do­ing that for a while now. I do it ev­ery­where. I don’t like to stay at one place. I like to learn all dif­fer­ent types of fit­ness regimes, tech­niques and teach­ings. I like to think of fit­ness as be­ing open minded.”

Asked about en­ter­ing a box­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Pua says: “If Short­land Street al­lows me to. It is one thing I have to do in my life. I love the train­ing, the mind games and the phys­i­cal­ity of it. I have played group sports all my life. In the ring you have no one else to blame but your­self. Once you step in the ring you are there to fight.”

Pua goes to a num­ber of peo­ple for train­ing, to take tips and to spar with them. He likes to ask lots of ques­tions.

“I like be­ing beaten up be­cause I learn. I like get­ting my face bashed up and beaten. I like that. There is al­ways strat­egy and I like the mind games of it.”

If a fight­ing bout were to be writ­ten into a Short­land Street scene, Pua says that would

be ideal.

Short­land Street is a full time job for Pua, for five days a week.

“I am re­ally en­joy­ing my char­ac­ter and I re­ally en­joy work­ing on the show.”

Pua also en­joys spend­ing time with his daugh­ter Jas­mine and for this rea­son he is not look­ing for a Hol­ly­wood role, like so many of his fel­low act­ing mates.

“Things are go­ing re­ally well for me here.”

Big brother Rob­bie, a for­mer Short­land Street star [and some­one who has pre­vi­ously graced the cover of New Zealand Fit­ness], was one who went to Hol­ly­wood. Cur­rently he is work­ing in Mel­bourne on the tele­vi­sion se­ries Went­worth.

Pua, mean­time, is con­tent with eye­ing up his next hol­i­day in Fiji or Hawaii.

Pua Magaziva . . . “The world

is my gym.”

When found per­sonal train­ing I learnt how fit­ness works your body and how it makes you feel good.”

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