Pua Magasiva

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Pua Magasiva
Vinnie Kruse.jpg
Magasiva played the former fictional character Nurse Vinnie Kruse in Shortland Street
Born(1980-08-10)10 August 1980
Died11 May 2019(2019-05-11) (aged 38)
Wellington, New Zealand
EducationSt Patrick's College[1] [2]
OccupationActor, Radio Presenter
Years active1999–2019
Kourtney Magasiva
(m. 2012; div. 2015)

Lizz Sadler (m. 2018)
RelativesRobbie Magasiva (brother)

Pua Magasiva (10 August 1980 – 11 May 2019) was a New Zealand actor of Samoan descent, best known for his roles as Shane Clarke, the Red Ranger from Power Rangers Ninja Storm, and Vinnie Kruse in New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. He was also one of the co-hosts of New Zealand radio station Flava.


Magasiva was born in Apia, Samoa, but raised in Wellington, New Zealand, since he was two years old. He was the younger brother of actor Robbie Magasiva. It was Robbie who inspired Magasiva to become an actor, after being signed up with an acting agency and acquiring small roles. In 1999, he made a minor appearance on Shortland Street as Elvis Iosefa, a relative of Louie Iosefa (played by Shimpal Lelisi). Then in 2001, he landed a role in a six-part Māori language television series called Aroha. The series went on to screen at the International Film Festival in Auckland, receiving critical praise. Finally in 2003, Magasiva made the leading roles in both Power Rangers: Ninja Storm (which included a guest appearance by Robbie in one episode) and Shortland Street. He stayed on Shortland Street until 2006. By then, he played the title character in the comedy film Sione's Wedding, which starred his brother Robbie and other members of the Naked Samoans. In 2007, he appeared in the horror film 30 Days of Night. In 2009, Magasiva made guest appearances in Diplomatic Immunity and Outrageous Fortune. In 2011, he returned as Vinnie Kruse on Shortland Street.

Outside his work on television and film, Magasiva acted in theatre, including Two Days in Dream in 2003 (written by Mario Gaoa, member of the Naked Samoans, and directed by Colin Mitchell). Another play that he acted in was Sex with Strangers, which was written by Mitchell, though Two Days in Dream was well received by critics. In 2008, he co-starred with brother Robbie in the play Where We Once Belonged. Magasiva also appeared in nine Lift Plus commercials in New Zealand and also took over his brother's role as the Small Blacks TV News presenter opposite Conrad Snakey Smith. In January 2017, he helped pull a man from his burning car.[3]


Magasiva was found dead in Wellington on 11 May 2019.[4] Police confirmed there were "no suspicious circumstances" around the death, and that it would be referred to the coroner". [5] His family confirmed a private funeral for him on 17 May 2019.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Other Side of Heaven Finau
2001 Aidiko Insane Phoebus
2004 Haka & Siva Siva Short
2006 Sione's Wedding Sione
Uso Ranatonga Short
2007 30 Days of Night Malekai Hamm
2010 Matariki Sergeant Wolfgram
2011 Panic at Rock Island TK
2012 Sione's 2: Unfinished Business Sione


Year Title Role Notes
1994; 1999; 2003–2006; 2011–2018 Shortland Street Elvis Iosefa (1992, 1999)
Nurse Vinnie Kruse (2003–2006, 2011–2018)
308 episodes
2002 Unfinished Business Greg
2003 Power Rangers Ninja Storm Shane Clarke
Red Wind Ranger
38 episodes
2004 Power Rangers Dino Thunder Shane Clarke
Red Wind Ranger
2 episodes
What Now? Himself 1 episode – Episode #23.2
2009 Diplomatic Immunity The Niu 1 episode – Boris the Spider
Outrageous Fortune Issac 5 episodes
2011 East West 101 Pua 1 episode – Pua
2013–2019 Small Blacks TV Himself
2014 Flat3 Winston 1 episode – The Game

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Power Rangers Ninja Storm Red Ranger


  1. ^ Pua Magasiva honoured with jersey, black armbands by St Pat's College First XV. 15 May 2019 https://https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/112708474/pua-magasiva-honoured-with-jersey-black-armbands-by-st-pats-college-first-xv Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 15 May 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Wellington high school farewells former First XV player Pua Magasiva during rugby match. 15 May 2019 https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/112726937/wellington-high-school-farewells-former-first-xv-player-pua-magasiva-during-rugby-match. Retrieved 15 May 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Cowlishaw, Shane (10 January 2017). "Shortland Street star real-life hero". The Press. p. A5. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Former Shortland Street star Pua Magasiva found dead in Wellington". New Zealand Herald. 11 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Private funeral for Pua Magasiva underway". Newshub. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Private funeral for Pua Magasiva underway". Newshub. Retrieved 17 May 2019.

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