Taniela Moa was a stalwart of Ikale Tahi Tonga Rugby who’s name is etched in the upper echelons of fellow Tongan Rugby legends for both his impact on and off the field. Taniela was a caring and passionate leader for his friends, family and the Tongan community, he loved to laugh and always kept his priorities in check with the first of them being his love for his family, especially his three boys.
Sadly Taniela passed away in December of 2021, however he leaves behind a beautiful legacy including his three boys Kava (14), Peni (12) and Tevita (10) who remember their dad as their Hero. “He was always making jokes and laughing” notes Peni, with strong nods of support from his brothers. It’s clear that Taniela’s legacy and spirit will carry on through his boys, all of whom idolise and want to be just like their Dad.
Pacific Rugby Players were very eager to give back to Taniela’s three boys and through the help of the Josiah Mika Rise & Shine Foundation the opportunity arose to reinforce the love that the Pasifika community has for Taniela and his family and ensure they knew that systems were in place to support them.
All Black Great Pita Alatini was part of a special shopping trip that saw the three boys head into Rebel Sport and leave with everything they needed including warm winter clothing & training gear. All three boys received grants to ensure that they were set up nicely for the near future, in an effort to alleviate pressure for their family at home and support their endeavors in school and sport.
The Rise & Shine Josiah Mika Foundation chair Jerome Mika expressed the heart of the charity “We were privileged to be in a position to provide immediate support for the Moa fanau during an extremely difficult time. We understand first-hand the challenges associated with the loss of a loved one and the impact of grief and are committed to a holistic approach to supporting the wellbeing of those impacted by adversity grounded in genuine aroha for our communities”.
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Article written by:
Kace O’Neill & Vanessa Leota