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On Air Now | Radio Waatea

08:00pm - 11:00pm
 

CEO | Willie Jackson

Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Porou
Willie Willie is the chief executive of the Manukau Urban Māori Authority, chairman of the National Māori Radio Network – Te Whakaruruhau O Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori, and chairman of the National Urban Māori Authority. He was the leader of the Mana Motuhake Party - the first Māori party in Government, and deputy leader of the Alliance. Prior to entering parliament Willie was a long time union official, sports broadcaster, Māori music label executive and Urban Māori Authority negotiator. He is now an award-winning broadcaster, political commentator and talkback host for Radio Waatea (Paakiwaha) and Radio Live.

 

General Manager | Bernie O’Donnell

Te Atiawa, Ngati Mutunga, Ngai Tahu
Bernie Bernie has spent close to 20 years working in the Māori radio industry, first as programme director and station manager of Te Korimako o Taranaki, followed by a brief stint with the Māori Media Network. For the past decade Bernie has been station manager of Radio Waatea, where he leads the management team ensuring the organisation’s strategic and business goals and objectives are met. Bernie oversees all operations including contract management, marketing, strategy development and implementation, advertising, HR and business planning.

 

Broadcast Operations Manager | Erana Fenton

Ngati Whatua, Te Rarawa, Ngati Pikiao
Eds Erana has an extensive 20 year background in national and international print, television and radio media. She has previously worked for Aotearoa Radio, Mana Media and Mana Magazine and helped establish Aboriginal indigenous magazine, Marnta. Erana plays a crucial role in the organisation’s broadcast and online deliverables for all its contractual obligations. She manages the company’s IT & audio infrastructure, production, programming, technical staff, communications and broadcast transmission. She provides key expertise and strategies for Waatea's website, channels and developing mobile technologies.

 

Finance Manager | Tamara Dias

Sri Lanka
Tamara1 Tamara spent 17 years as a fully qualified senior tax assessor for the Sri Lankan Inland Revenue Department and has been trained in international taxation. She has a BA in economics with a specialist field in statistics. Tamara joined the company in 2005 and is responsible for payroll, financial planning and forecasting and managing the company’s finances on a day to day basis. Tamara's employment with Waatea has allowed her to embrace and enjoy Māori culture. She says her te reo Māori is a work in progress.
Email: tamara@waatea603am.co.nz

 

Digital Media Manager | Producer | Kura Ratapu

Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngati Porou
Kura Kura began her broadcasting career in 1997 at Te Korimako o Taranaki where she was the mid morning announcer. She also presented local news service Te Kaakaa Tarahae. Kura is currently the online Digital Media Manager for waateanews.com. She also produces current affairs show Paakiwaha and presents the afternoon English news bulletins.

 

Māori Language News Editor | David Kaire

Ngapuhi
Dave Dave has a background in teaching and the military. As Radio Waatea's Māori language editor, Dave is responsible for the day to day running of the Mâori language newsroom. He works closely with the current affairs team, overseeing the news process and deciding on the final composition of stories and related audio on each hourly bulletin. Dave also provides editorial input into the daily regional news bulletins delivered by the five regional news providers throughout the country.
Email: david@waatea603am.co.nz

 

English News Editor | Adam Gifford

Adam2 Adam Gifford is Waatea's English news editor. He has been reporting on te ao Māori for print and radio for 25 years in both mainstream and Māori media, winning the respect of newsmakers with his fair and informed converage of issues. He has also worked with claimant groups. Adam works closely with the Māori news team to ensure Waatea's daily English news bulletins reflect events and opinions from a Māori point of view. He also writes about arts, technology and the environment for other publications.
Email: waateanews@waatea603am.co.nz

 

Senior Journalist | Host | Dale Husband

Ngati Maru
Dale1 A key member of the Waatea English news team, veteran broadcaster Dale Husband is one of the leading Māori radio announcers in the country. He is Radio Waatea's Te Wahanga Parakuihi host and is a lead sports commentator for the Auckland Warriors games for Sky Television and Māori Television's English sports commentaries. Dale is in high demand as a master of ceremonies and his broadcasting style, honed by his years working on Radio Aotearoa and for the Mana Māori Media network, has resulted in some of the most interesting and informative interviews ever aired on Mâori radio.

 

Senior Journalist | Newsreader | Scotty Morrison

Te Arawa
Scotty Scotty holds a diploma of teaching, bachelor of education, and a masters degree from Waikato University and is working towards his PhD at Massey University. He has experience in both television and radio and presents Māori current affairs programmes Te Karere and Marae Investigates. Scotty has been an Adjunct Professor and the Director of Māori Student and Community Engagement at Auckland's Unitec Institute of Technology. He is a strong advocate for the promotion of te reo Māori as a living taonga that identifies New Zealand as unique from other countries.

 

Senior Journalist | Presenter | Kingi Taurua

Ngapuhi
Kingi
 
A long time broadcaster and award winning presenter, Kingi makes a huge contribution to the Waatea News service. A member of Te Taumata Kaumatua o Ngapuhi, Kingi's extensive contact list means he is always in touch with the newsmakers. Kingi makes major contributions to Radio Waatea documentaries and is the host of the Friday night current affairs programme, Nga Take o Te Wa and the weekend half hour programmes, Korero Mai Ki Ahau. A native speaker of te reo Mâori, Kingi has contributed to the language quality of the organisations’ national news and the current affairs service provided to the iwi network.

 

Journalist | Host | Tumamao Harawira

Ngapuhi
Tumamao1] One of Māori broadcasting's exciting new talents, Tumamao works for Waatea's Māori news and current affairs service and is also a host for the daily reo show, Mahuri Totara. Over the last decade Tumamao has had presenting roles in both radio and television, including Pukana, Karawhiua (MTS) and Te Karere. In radio his projects include key stints with Te Hiku o Te Ika, Tautoko FM and Radio Ngati Hine. His awards include Best Children’s Show (Qantas Media Awards) Best Māori language TV show (Screen Directors Guild Awards), and Best Rangatahi Show for radio, Te Mana (Māori Media Awards).

 

Editorial Peer | Rereata Makiha

Ngapuhi, Te Mahurehure, Te Arawa and Rangitane
Ral Rereata has nearly 30 years’ experience as a reporter, news editor, director and presenter, holding senior positions at TVNZ’s Te Karere and Marae programmes. He has extensive radio news experience, having held senior reporting and news editor positions at Mana News Service and Ruia Mai. An acknowledged authority on Māori language news, current affairs and documentary making, Rereata has been the Waatea news team trainer and mentor for the past ten years. He has also provided specialist training to Māori Television's news and current affairs team.

 

Photographer | Donna Carr

Ngapuhi, Waikato, Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga
donna 1 Donna is a graduate from the Auckland University of Technology holding a Bachelor of Māori Development and a Diploma in Cultural Tourism and Travel. Raised on Waiheke Island, An enthusiastic junior photographer, she has captured many of the Waatea community events including the Maori Sports awards, Atamira Maori In The City and the regional kapa haka competitions.
Email: donna@waatea603am.co.nz

 

Tainui Regional News Reporter | Miriama Wilson

Tainui
Miri Miriama graduated from AUT with a bachelor of Māori Development majoring in Māori media in 2009. She also has a Diploma in Matauranga Māori through Te Wananga O Raukawa. Miriama has been with Radio Waatea since completing her bachelors and has progressed from a junior technician, producing the hourly Māori news bulletins to her current role as Tainui Regional News Reporter covering many of the major events happening in the Tainui rohe.
Email: m.wilson@waatea603am.co.nz

 

Radio Host | Brent Mio

Ngati Awa, Tuhoe
Brent With 11 years of radio experience Brent Mio is a seasoned announcer, sales and marketing manager and promotion manager. He started at Te Manuka Tutahi as the sales and marketing manager before an opportunity to fill in for the drive show came up. From there he moved on to work for Mai FM as the breakfast show host. He currently co-hosts Te Titahatanga Drive with Koha Alpass-Waru and is also a broadcasting industry trainer with Whitireia Polytechnic.

 

Radio Host | Koha Alpass-Waru

Ngapuhi
Koha Koha began her career as the breakfast show host for Tai FM (Te Hiku Media) which lead her to take on the role of station manager under the guidance of Hone Harawira. She has been an announcer on Auckland’s Mai FM radio station on both the night and breakfast shows while she studied for a diploma in Māori Media at M.I.T. Koha's television experience includes a presenting role on Māori Television's fashion show ‘Freestyle’ and roles in production teams for Eyeworks as a translator and transcriber for the TV2 reality series One Land. She co-hosts Te Titahatanga Drive with Brent Mio.

 

Radio Host | Lewin Husband

Ngati Maru
Lewin Lewin has completed his Bachelor of Teaching Kura Kaupapa Māori at Te Wananga Takiura, a degree in Māori development from AUT and a diploma in Sport and Recreation. He has been a representative softballer and had a promising career in rugby league. Lewin has worked as a floor manager for Māori Television and on Sky Sports’ coverage of rugby league. This year he joins his father Dale, co-hosting Te Wahanga Parakuihi week-days from Monday to Friday. He also hosts and produces Homegrown, a bilingual show on Saturday evenings.
Email: lewin@waatea603am.co.nz

 

Producer | Studio Technician | Vaughan Jackson

Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Porou
Huk A self-proclaimed (and unproven) retired All Black and rock 'n' roll musician, Vaughan - otherwise known as Huk, produces the Waatea Talkback shows, Waka Korero, Tueday nights with Claudette Hauiti, Nga Putake Wahine, Te Puna Korero and Te Wiki Kua Taha. A valuable member of the Waatea team, Huk brings humour and experience to his role. He says these life experiences have lent him the skills and patience to produce talkback alongside the show's strong female hosts Titewhai, Claudette, Vapi, Ngawai and Ngaroimata.
Email: huk@waatea603am.co.nz

 

Radio Host | Titewhai Harawira

Ngati Hau, Ngati Wai, Ngati Hine
Titewhai A long time campaigner for Māori rights, Titewhai has been with the station almost since its inception more than a decade ago. Titewhai's weekly talkback programme, Nga Putake Wahine, has always had a reputation not too far similar to that of its host – challenging and provocative with Māori rights always to the fore.

 

Radio Host | Ngaroimata Reid

Ngatiwai, Ngati Kahungunu
Ngaroimata Ngaroimata brings with her a long background in Māori social work, especially in the area of Māori domestic violence. In 2007, she brought her work onto the airwaves with her weekly programme Hui Tahi, Tupu Tahi – Come Together, Grow Together, an informative show that delivered family violence prevention messages and korero with the Māori community about whanau violence issues. She is our Thursday morning host for Ngaroimata rounding up the latest current affairs and issues affecting Māori.
Email: ncreid@clear.net.nz

 

Administration | Studio Technician | Rehia Melbourne

Tuhoe, Waikato
Rehia Studio technician and office administrator, Rehia Melbourne is a fluent speaker of te reo and is developing skill-sets in a variety of Mâori broadcasting areas including television. She has worked on production for a number of television documentaries including the Radio Waatea series on Māori Television, Nga Pari Karangaranga. Rehia's role includes the final production of all Waatea's news and current affairs programs.
Email: rehia.melbourne@waatea603am.co.nz


 
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