30 Oct 2012

Pacific Islands media leader in New Zealand dies suddenly

5:33 am on 30 October 2012

The Minister of New Zealand's Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Hekia Parata, has offered her condolences to the family of the chief executive of the Pacific Media Network, Tom Etuata, who died suddenly at the weekend.

Ms Parata says Mr Etuata will be dearly missed by the Pacific media and creative industries in Aotearoa.

Mr Etuata, who was 46, started with Radio 531PI in a managerial role in February of 2003 and by 2009 had become chief executive of the Pacific Media Network.

Su'a William Sio, of the opposition Labour Party, also conveyed his sympathies to Mr Etuata's family, saying he was well respected and will be sorely missed.