Ford continue to be the Driving Force behind Moana Pasifika

General view Ford vehicles during the Super Rugby Pacific match between Moana Pasifika and the Chiefs held at Mt Smart Stadium – Auckland – New Zealand 19 March 2022 Photo: Brett Phibbs /

Moana Pasifika is thrilled to renew their partnership with Ford to be the Official Vehicle Partner for the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season. 

Ford NZ Marketing Director Cameron Thomas says, “In partnership with our dealer network and South Auckland Motors, Ford are excited to continue our commitment to Moana Pasifika and Pacific rugby in New Zealand.”

“For Ford and South Auckland Motors, it’s been a really good fit and great to have our vehicles out supporting and promoting the team. We’re looking forward to the next year.”

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Moana Pasifika vs Crusaders, DHL Super Rugby Pacific. Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand. Friday 4 March 2022. © Copyright photo: Derek Morrison /

The Dealer Principal at South Auckland Motors Michael Tappenden has been incredibly supportive of Moana Pasifika in their inaugural season and forged a great relationship with Moana Pasifika Chief Executive Officer, Pelenato Sakalia.

“Ford coming on board as a partner in our inaugural year was a significant moment for us.  We are very grateful to have the partnership continue.  To Michael Tappenden and the team at South Auckland Motors, the support and service has been amazing.  We look forward to the upcoming season,” says Sakalia.

Moana Pasifika captain Christian Leali’ifano during the Super Rugby Pacific rugby match between the Wellington Hurricanes, and Moana Pasifika at Sky Stadium in Wellington. 12 April 2022. © Copyright image by Marty Melville /

Ford will feature on the collar of the playing jersey and have also supplied Moana Pasifika with a fleet of vehicles through their South Auckland Motors dealership. The impressive fleet includes the Next-Gen Ford Everest and Next-Gen Ranger, both of which have serviced the Moana Pasifika High Performance team and Community program well.  For further information regarding Ford, please visit:

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