Stephanie Tauevihi

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Stephanie Tauevihi
Occupation Singer
Television actress
Known for Shortland Street

1 son, Julian

siblings = 2 sisters, Amanda Tauevihi, Caroline Tauevihi
Parent(s) father, Niuaviu Tauevihi

Stephanie Tauevihi is a New Zealand songwriter, singer and actress, known for her work as the fictional character, Donna Heka,[1] in the New Zealand television series Shortland Street.[2] She also played a Real estate Agent in one episode of short-lived NZ program Rude Awakenings.[3][4] She has provided songs and vocals for New Zealand band Strawpeople[3][4]


Tauevihi began her career on radio station Mai FM, and entered television as a presenter for the youth television show Infocus. She has sung with and provided vocals for band Strawpeople,[1] for which work she received a 1995 nomination for 'Best Female Vocalist' at the New Zealand Music Awards.[3][4]


As a health promoter for 'Waiora Healthcare PHO' in West Auckland, she is active in efforts to address addiction to drugs and alcohol in New Zealand, and supports the organization 'Be Free'.[5] When Cyclone Heta caused widespread damage in New Zealand in 2004, she used her high profile position to persuade companies to provide relief.[6] She also actively supports 'Youth Pride' in its efforts to get at-risk children off the streets of South Auckland.[7]


  • In-Focus (1992)
  • Shortland Street (1997-2004) as Donna Heka
  • Thinking About Sleep (1999) as Lucy
  • Look Who's Famous Now (1999) as Herself
  • Happy Birthday 2 You (2000) as Donna Heka
  • Rude Awakenings (1 episode, 2007)
  • Russian Snark (2010) as Roseanna
  • Rest for the Wicked (2011) as Renata


Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ a b Louisa Cleave (27 May 2000 Share Email). "Stephanie Tauevihi - Happily ever after". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ James Hou-fu Liu, New Zealand identities, p. 219 
  3. ^ a b c d Andrew Whiteside (27 June 2011). "Stephanie Tauevihi – escaping Donna Heka". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Stephanie Tauevihi". TVNZ Staff. TV2. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Star steps up to help". Chronicle. Stuff. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Claire Trevett (14 January 2004). "Actor goes in to bat for Niue". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Neil Reid (1 October 2010). "Stars' boost for kids". Sunday News. Stuff. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Rachel Glucina (27 September 2010). "Keisha's new man". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 

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