Oscar Kightley

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Oscar Kightley
Oscar Vai To'elau Kightley

14 September 1969
NationalityNew Zealand, Samoan
Alma materRutherford College
OccupationActor, presenter, writer, director, comedian

Oscar Vai To'elau Kightley, MNZM, is a Samoan-born New Zealand actor, television presenter, writer, director and comedian.


Kightley acted in and co-wrote the successful 2006 film Sione's Wedding. He is a member of the comedy group Naked Samoans Talk About Their Knives (also known as simply "Naked Samoans"), who together wrote the animated series bro'Town.[1] He is also known for his involvement with Sportzah.

Kightley came to New Zealand after the death of his father, when he was 4 years old. He was the youngest of eight children. He was adopted by his aunt and uncle, who live in West Auckland. He attended Rutherford College - this is where he learnt about the different cultures and his experiences during this time form the basis of his writing.

He was a breakfast announcer on Niu FM until January 2007.[2] He has also been on New Zealand Radio National, guest hosting Kim Hill's Saturday Morning show during the New Zealand Summer of 2007-2008. In 2006 he received a Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.[1] He wrote the play Niu Sila with Dave Armstrong. Kightley is currently working on a feature film.

Oscar co-founded Pacific Underground and the Island Players theatre company which has produced critically acclaimed work. Oscar won the Bruce Mason playwrights’ award in 1998 and has worked as a performer and writer for a number of television shows including Skitz, Telly Laughs, The Panel, Sportzah and TV3's rugby coverage. His plays include Fresh off the Boat which he co-wrote with Simon Small, Dawn Raids, Island Girls, A Frigate Bird Sings co-written with Dave Fane and Nathaniel Lees, and Niu Sila co-written with Dave Armstrong. Oscar also co-wrote and took a lead role in the highly successful Sione’s Wedding movies. [3]

In 2013 Kightley played the title character in the police drama Harry, which he also co-wrote. He also directed Madeleine Sami's TV3 comedy Super City.

In 2016 he was awarded the Senior Pacific Artist Award with Dave Fane at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifka Awards.[4]


Year Title Role Notes Source
2006 Sione's Wedding Albert
2012 Sione's 2: Unfinished Business Albert
2016 Hunt for the Wilderpeople Andy
2016 Moana Fisherman (voice)


  1. ^ a b "Oscar Kightley gets $50,000 award". New Zealand Herald. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
  2. ^ McKenzie-Minifie, Martha (23 January 2007). "Breakfast off for Oscar Kightley". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
  3. ^ "Oscar Kightley | Playmarket". www.playmarket.org.nz. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  4. ^ "Arts Pasifika Awards". Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 1 December 2017.

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