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Tewai Skipwith-Halatau #38

Tewai with Paralympian and husband Latoa Halatau

Tewai’s journey started as a child attending South Auckland’s Homai College which provided specialist education for blind students. Enjoying sport thanks to a passionate PE teacher she started competing in Blind Sports. In her early 20s, she was selected to the New Zealand Paralympic Team to compete at Arnhem 1980 where she won a bronze medal in the discus. Coming back from the Netherlands, Tewai focused on her studies and started a social work diploma. It helped her pursue her passion for disability development in the Pacific region. In 2003, with Latoa they established Vision Pacific, a charitable trust that helps disabled people live an independent life.

A feature story on Tewai can be found here.

Tewai officially received her ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Auckland in February 2020.

Paralympic Results
Paralympic GamesResult
Arnhem 1980 Paralympic Games
  • Bronze Women's Discus A


  • Hometown: Auckland

  • Born: 11 April 1956

  • Iwi: Te Arawa

  • Ethnicity: Māori

  • Eligible Impairment: Visually impaired

  • Games Year: Arnhem 1980

  • Para Sport: Para athletics

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