|Born||27 June 1969|
Greymouth, New Zealand
|Listed height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Listed weight||90 kg (198 lb)|
|1994–1996||Hawke's Bay Hawks|
|1997–2001||North Harbour Vikings/Kings|
|Career highlights and awards|
Brendon Te Mauri Cathie-Pongia (born 27 June 1969) is a New Zealand former professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball League (NBL). He is also a television presenter, having co-hosted Good Morning alongside Sarah Bradley between 2006 and 2011.
Born in Greymouth, New Zealand, Pongia grew up on the West Coast of the South Island. His father, a Māori, walked out on the family when Pongia was very young. As a 16-year-old in 1986, Pongia began training with NBL club Hamilton.
A stalwart of the National Basketball League through the 1990s, Pongia earned greatest recognition in 2001 as a member of the Tall Black squad that defeated Australia to qualify for the 2002 FIBA World Championship. Although he saw little actual court time, he was front and centre in the pre-match build-ups as leader of the haka. He finally captured an NBL title with the Waikato Titans in 2002, but lost his place in the national side. Pongia attended the world tournament in Indianapolis as a spectator and enjoyed a high profile in TV coverage, leading the supporters' haka. He was subsequently offered a presenters' role with TVNZ and later Sky TV in 2003.
After a two-year hiatus from the NBL in 2004 and 2005, Pongia returned to the league with the Wellington Saints in 2006. He played three seasons with the Saints, before departing the NBL following the 2008 season. In July 2009, he signed with the Southland Flyers for the National Provincial Championships. The Flyers went on to win the Open Men's championship with the help of Pongia, who served as team captain.
In March 2009, Pongia married his wife Michelle Kirkland.
- Pongia waves goodbye to Good Morning
- Former Good Morning hosts Brendon Pongia and Sarah Bradley farewell show
- Gloves on at Paroa showdown
- Pongia learns about feared ancestor and absent father
- Basketball: Pongia the comeback kid
- Basketball New Zealand – Brendon Pongia
- Brendon Pongia puts in sparkling display
- HIGH FLYERS
- Sharks need US shooters - Brendon Pongia
- Brendon Pongia to wed today
- Late night for Pongia after Dancing With the Stars elimination
|Awards and achievements|
Danyon Loader & Hayley Holt
| Dancing with the Stars (New Zealand) third place contestant
Season 3 (2007 with Hayley Holt)
Miriama Smith & Jonny Williams