Fauono Ken Laban is a Greater Wellington Regional Councillor, has sat on the Hutt Valley District Health Board, organises the annual Hutt Valley Sports Awards, a Wellington Rugby Board member, Sky Sport commentator, runs rugby clinics for the up and coming junior players, sits on and runs various school and community boards and is a Father and Grandfather.
Last year he commentated 83 games of rugby.
“Tomorrow’s stars today” is the catch phrase for Landover XV rugby that Ken coined some years ago.
The catch phrase encapsulates Ken’s passion for community, broadcasting, family, growth and protecting the game whether that be Rugby Union or League; this is his legacy.
Ken has been a mentor to so many and hasn’t just guided myself into rugby broadcasting but also gave Sumo Scotty Stevenson his start.
The Laban family was one of the first Samoan families in Wainuiomata and we chat about what it was like growing up in the community and the impact it had on him along with attending Scott’s College in Wellington.
You will hear the passion and intensity in Ken’s voice when we talk about his passions and what motivates him. It’s contagious.
I hope you enjoy episode 12 with Ken Laban.