Patrick Skene has written life stories of Aboriginal sportspeople and the gay rugby league legend, Ian Roberts. BUT it was his story on Olsen Filipaina that struck a chord with many readers.
Patrick Skene has written a book - 'the BIG O' on the life and times of Olsen Filipaina decades after the Big O has hung up the boots.
In an interview with SBS Samoan, Patrick Skene talks about the choice of subject and his own journey piecing together the life story of a quiet South Aucklander of Samoan heritage who was the first Polynesian rugby league professional.
Here is an edited version of that interview.