|No. 14 – New Zealand Breakers|
13 May 1982 |
|Listed height||198 cm (6 ft 6 in)|
|Listed weight||226 lb (103 kg)|
|High school||Bethlehem College
(Tauranga, New Zealand)
(Nelson, New Zealand)
|2003–2008||New Zealand Breakers|
|2009–2010||Gold Coast Blaze|
|2010–present||New Zealand Breakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Mika John Vukona (born 13 May 1982) is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL). He is also a regular New Zealand Tall Black.
Vukona was born in Suva, Fiji to Fijian father, Clem, and Kiwi mother, Marianne. He was raised in Fiji for the first five years of his life, before moving to the coastal city of Tauranga, a couple of hours south of Auckland. As a junior, Vukona played rugby until age 15 when his mother forced him to stop, leading him to follow his brother's footsteps and started playing basketball. One code's loss was another's gain as Vukona went on to become a member of the national under 16, 18 and 20 sides.
Vukona played for the Nelson Giants and the Manawatu Jets of the New Zealand NBL early on in his career, before being elevated from a development player to a contracted player for the 2005–06 season with the New Zealand Breakers. He was a member of the Tall Blacks side in 2005 and 2006, competing in the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. He re-signed with the Breakers for the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons, and joined the Harbour Heat for the 2008 New Zealand NBL season.
In April 2008, he signed a two-year deal with the South Dragons. In June 2009, following the Dragons pulling out of the NBL, Vukona signed with the Gold Coast Blaze for the 2009–10 season. Following the ANBL season, he joined the Nelson Giants for the 2010 New Zealand NBL season.
In April 2012, he re-signed with the Breakers on a three-year deal.
On 7 February 2013, it was announced that Vukona would return to the Giants for the 2013 season after he originally intended to sit out the season to rest following his Breakers duties.
On 28 February 2013, Vukona played his 200th game with the Breakers.
On 31 March 2014, Vukona re-signed with the Nelson Giants on a short-term contract to replace the injured Adrian Majstrovich. On 23 April 2014, he left the Giants and signed with Byblos of Lebanon for the rest of the 2013–14 Lebanese Basketball League season. On 7 June 2014, he made his return for the Giants following the conclusion of Byblos' season.
Vukona and his wife, Vanessa, have two children together, daughter Gia and son Noah.
- Take 40: Mika Vukona
- Meet Mika Vukona - Lantern Insurance Ambassador
- Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
- NZ Breakers add duo to NBL list
- "South Dragons sign Jason Smith, Vukona". SMH.com.au. 15 April 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
- Blaze secure Vukona
- Vukona heading back to Breakers
- Giants score with Vukona signing
- Vukona re-signs with Breakers
- Mika Vukona extends his Nelson Giants stint
- R21 Report: Breakers swat 36ers in fast-paced clash
- Vukona answers the Giants' call
- Vukona leaves Giants for Lebanon deal
- Player's Update
- Veteran Vukona stays glued to Giants' cause
- R10 Report: Breakers move back to top in Vukona's 250th