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TALANOA with Patrick Skene - author of the BIG 'O' life and times of Olsen Filipaina.

Author Patrick Skene and Olsen Filipaina holding copies of the BIG O. Source: Cultural Pulse/Patrick Skene.

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.

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