Former Olympian Beatrice Faumuina and newsreader Niva Retimanu on the tough road into the media NewzAcid ‣ NewzAcid

Former Olympian Beatrice Faumuina and newsreader Niva Retimanu on the tough road into the media NewzAcid ‣ NewzAcid

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Niva Retimanu (left) and Beatrice Faumuina joined the Front Web page podcast to share their experiences of working in the media. Photograph / Brett Phibbs

A former Olympian has revealed the disappointment of rejection that got here after she retired from skilled sport.

Chatting with the Front Web page podcast alongside Newstalk ZB newsreader Niva Retimanu, former Olympic discus thrower Beatrice Faumuina says she was desirous to segue her athletic prowess into turning into a TV sports activities reporter function on tv.

“I attempted to get into the broadcasting house, however I didn’t get a callback, so I needed to pivot my profession once more,” she says.

“I had suggestions saying: “You’ve obtained this nice charisma with the friends and good questions, however you’re simply not fairly what we’re on the lookout for.”

Faumuina says that she was by no means given a transparent reply of what precisely it was they have been on the lookout for.

“Nicely, it wasn’t me. I can inform you that,” she says.

Retimanu and Faumuina host the Straight Up podcast during which they dig into the tough road profitable individuals typically face in attending to the high, however they haven’t had it straightforward both.

Trying again on that have now, Faumuina says it served as an vital lesson sportspeople can’t simply relaxation on their laurels after their careers have ended.

“Given what I used to be in a position to obtain in sport, it opened the door, nevertheless it didn’t essentially imply you have been going to be the final individual standing and chosen for a job – no matter it might have been.

“The minute you transition into media or one other profession, the stress is double since you are watched and listened to. And never loads of us find yourself being profitable.”

Faumuina would finally get her break, nevertheless it wasn’t on the mainstream present she hoped to hitch.

“Fortunately individuals have been producing reveals like Tangata Pasifika with Stephen Stehlin and then on Māori TV… [Through that,] I had my likelihood to truly speak about sport and different present tales, which was actually what I wished to do.

“When that likelihood got here, I took benefit of each alternative I might and then pivoted my profession.”

The experiences of Faumuina and Retimanu supply a glimpse at how tough it has traditionally been for Pasifika and Māori individuals to be given a possibility

The theme of resilience and pushing by tough instances can also be mirrored in Rertimanu’s expertise in the media business.

“I by no means used my Pasificness or my cultural background as an excuse to not succeed,” says Retimanu.

“If something, it was the whole reverse. It made me wish to obtain extra and I wished not be only a information reader. I wished to be the finest information reader.”

She attributes this grit to her mother and father, who she misplaced when she was younger.

“I at all times bear in mind my father, with us dwelling in Invercargill, figuring out that no matter occurs to his youngsters, they should do effectively as a result of they may at all times be checked out due to their color.”

Retimanu took this concern onboard and understood early that she must push tougher than others if she was going to be given a shot.

That willpower has paid off, with Retimanu having been recognised as the nation’s high radio newsreader a minimum of eight instances over the course of her 37-year profession.

In that point, she has seen the business evolve markedly however says there may be nonetheless want for change.

“Once I began I did Pacific Island journalism course in Manukau – and it was the just one. That was again in 1989, and it was actually exhausting after we all left and we have been looking for jobs. There have been 17 of us… Everybody was sending out their CVs and loads of mainstream newspaper, TV and radio retailers have been coming again to us and saying: ‘Is that this an actual course?’ And that isn’t a phrase of a lie.

“That form of factor, after I assume again to it, actually upsets me now.”

Whereas progress is being made, Retimanu says work nonetheless must be finished to handle the imbalance that continues to persist in mainstream media.

“I’d like to see extra Māori and Pasifika in mainstream high radio areas. However in saying that, we’ve obtained to seek out out why extra Māori and Pasifika aren’t coming by when it comes to their decisions. I do know that with Pasifika, journalism and information studying haven’t at all times been the high choice they wished to decide on. We have to discover out why that’s.”

Faumuina agrees with this level, saying that the New Zealand we see and hear in the media must replicate the nation we see after we stroll onto the streets.

“To empower the subsequent technology and permit them to be uncovered to that chance, illustration must occur,” Faumuina.

That is additionally not simply round right here, round this desk, but in addition round the large governance desk.”

She provides {that a} true shift in the tradition of media organisations will solely occur everybody round the governance desk begins supporting the shift.

“It could’t solely be one individual [around the board table] desirous to pursue that change. It truly needs to be everybody round that desk who desires to see that change. That when issues are actually going to shift.”

– Hearken to The Front Web page to listen to the full dialog. Season two of Straight Up with Niva and Beatrice begins October 8.

• The Front Web page is a each day information podcast from the New Zealand Herald, obtainable to hear to each weekday from 5am.

• You’ll be able to observe the podcast at iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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