"When I was 15, I flippantly wrote in a girl's friendship book at school that my ambition was to bring joy and pleasure to others and to have fun while doing it. Freakily that principle has been at the core of everything I have been lucky enough to be involved with. It's hard to think about what I do as being work, especially when I get to do it with my best mates."

Born in 1969 in Apia in Samoa, he emigrated to New Zealand aged four and grew up in West Auckland.

Oscar began his career as a reporter with the Auckland Star, Sunday Star, and Independent Radio News before moving to Christchurch in 1990 to work on TVNZ's teenage show Life, while at the same time becoming part of The Performing Arts Trust. He helped establish Pacific Underground (a Christchurch-based theatre group), where his first co-written play Fresh off the Boat was developed. Following this success, Pacific Underground toured a number of critically acclaimed Pacific Island plays to schools around New Zealand and the Pacific. In 1996, A Frigate Bird Sings (co-written with David Fane) gained success at the 1996 New Zealand International Arts Festival; Oscar's first solo venture as a playwright, Dawn Raids, premiered in Auckland in 1997 and in 1998 he was awarded the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award. In 2004, Oscar wrote Niu Sila with Dave Armstrong, which played to sell-out crowds. In 2006 Oscar (and Dave Armstrong) were amongst recipients of the inaugural Arts Foundation of New Zealand Award for Patronage discretionary donation from Denis & Verna Adam.

Oscar is a member of the Naked Samoans comedy group, who performed in the International Laugh Festivals, from 1998 to 2002. He co-hosted TV3's coverage of Super 12 Rugby and the weekly sports show, SPORTZAH as well as being a writer/performer for Skitz and Telly Laughs for TV3. He has been on the Panel for TV3 in a story-liner for Shortland Street and has featured on documentaries about the Otara Markets and Racism in New Zealand in 2001/2002. Oscar is also a presenter on Nui FM's breakfast show.

He currently works with the Naked Samoans on the TV3 series Bro' Town which has won Best Comedy at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 NZ Screen Awards. Bro' Town entered its fifth season in 2008.

He acted and co-wrote the hit film Sione's Wedding which reached the number one position in the New Zealand box office in its first week of release and had the biggest opening weekend of any New Zealand-made film, grossing over $3 million. In 2007 Oscar was one of five high profile New Zealanders who lent their names to Inspire Me, a nationwide advertising TV campaign promoting public libraries, and also toured with the show Naked Samoans Go Home - Again!  He featured in the Listener's list of New Zealand's 50 most powerful people at #36, and was appointed as a member of Creative New Zealand's Arts Council for a three-year term.

Early in 2008, Oscar stood in for Kim Hill on the Saturday morning slot on Radio New Zealand National. Oscar and bro'Town colleagues took to the stage during the New Zealand International Arts Festival. 

Oscar was a joint recipient (with playwright Dave Armstrong) of an Arts Foundation Award for Patronage discretionary donation from Denis & Verna Adam.  He received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2006 and was made a Member of the said Order (M.N.Z.M.) in the 2009 New Year's honours list for his services to television and the theatre.


Oscar Kightley is a a writer and character in the hit NZ cartoon bro 'Town.
Born in in Apia in Samoa - emigrated to NZ aged four
Moved from Auckland to Christchurch to work on TVNZ's teenage show Life; became part of The Performing Arts Trust;helped establish Pacific Underground
Developed first play Fresh off the Boat
A Frigate Bird Sings performed NZ International Arts Festival
  First solo play, Dawn Raids premiered, Auckland
  Awarded the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award
1998 to 20
Member of Naked Samoans comedy group - performed in International Laugh Festivals
Wrote Niu Sila with Dave Armstrong
Joint recipient with Dave for AFNZ Award for Patronage discretionary donation from Denis & Verna Adam
2005- 2007
NZ Screen Awards Bro' Town, Best Comedy Bro' Town entered its fifth season in 2008
Acted and co-wrote the movie Sione's Wedding;Received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award
Featured in the Listener's  list of New Zealand's 50 most powerful people at #36;Appointed Creative New Zealand' Member for a three-year term
  Made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre and television.