Matahi was born and lived most of his childhood in Papetoai, Moorea, Tahiti. He did part of his studies in Aotearoa and Hawai’i, which is when he realized how little he knew about his own heritage, and it pushed him to learn te reo, and to be more proactive about anything that has to do with our “nativeness”.
He’s been a reporter for about 10 years, with RFO and then Tahiti Nui Television. Today he’s launching his own production company named ‘ārere media (‘ārere means messenger): the idea is to help communities, NGO’s or individuals tell their own stories. stories of their ancestors and their land.
In 2009 Matahi helped with the foundation of our voyaging society, Fa’afaite i te Ao Mā’ohi, and had the privilege to be its president for 4 years, and to sail and be part of a wonderful family.