Born in New Zealand, Ma’anaima moved to Australia at the age of 15 to enter the Knights development system.
Ma'ainama impressed so much that he was signed to a three-year NRL contract, starting with a year in the development squad in 2021.
An intimidating presence with a strong offload, the Junior Kiwis rep has a bright future as one of the NRL's brightest young forwards.
With a full pre-season alongside the likes of Daniel Saifiti and David Klemmer now under his belt, Ma'ainama will be one to watch in 2021.
Who am I: Christian Ma'anaima
Who is most important to me: My Family, in particular my Dad
Greatest off-field achievement: Completing school and graduating as a Vice Captain!
Something you wouldn’t know about me is: I grew up in a small town near Auckland called Glenfield
I’d be lost without: My Mum, she's the one who's looked after me the most
What I love most about living in Newcastle: The community, the beaches and the scenery
I grew up: Auckland, NZ
People would describe me as: Outgoing, fun and hopefully funny!
As a kid my hero was: My Dad
They were my hero because: Dad's always been my hero, I've just always looked up to him both on and off the field
The last book I read was: Where the Wild Things Are
My favourite thing to do in Newcastle is: Go to the beach
My greatest on field moment: Making Junior Kiwis