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General Manager | Bernie O’Donnell

Te Atiawa, Ngati Mutunga, Ngai Tahu
Bernie-748 Bernie leads the management team ensuring the organisation’s strategic and business goals and objectives are met. He oversees all operations, which include Contract Management, Marketing, Strategy Implementation, Advertising, HR, Business Planning, and Strategic Development. Bernie has spent more than 20 years working in the Maori radio industry, firstly as Programme Director and then Station Manager of Te Korimako o Taranaki, followed by a brief stint with the Maori Media Network, and for the past 16 years has been Station Manager, Producer, Executive Producer and General Manager of UMA Broadcasting Limited.


Producer | News Announcer | Kura Ratapu

Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngati Porou
kura1-887 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 She also produces current affairs show Paakiwaha and presents the afternoon English news bulletins. Kura has extensive experience working in Maori Radio Outside Broadcasts, including every regional Te Matatiini for the past 15 years, numerous live OB’s from Tamaki Makaurau and major projects like Te Wero Series for the past 2 elections.


Senior Journalist | Host | Dale Husband

Ngati Maru
dale-49 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.


Producer | Claudette Hauiti

Claudette-611 Journalist Claudette Hauiti founded production company Front of the Box in 1993. Specialising in Māori and Pasifika programming, their output included documentaries about the female experience of gangs, and Qantas Award-winner Children of the Revolution, which profiled the offspring of activist New Zealanders. Hauiti became a list MP for the National Party in May 2013, but resigned from politics the following July. For the past few years Claudette has been part of the Waatea Team, leading the development of the waateatv page, and being involved in some of Waatea’s recent major projects such as Te Wero 2017 and engagement


English News Editor | Adam Gifford

adams-309 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.


Newsreader | Scotty Morrison

Te Arawa
Scotty-801 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.


Presenter | Kingi Taurua

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

to-867 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).


Producer | Vaughan Jackson

Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Porou
huk-797 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.


Tainui Regional News Reporter | Miriama Wilson

miri-725 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.


ICT Manager Manager | Leshan Wickramage

Leshan-100 Leshan has 7 years IT background in the areas of Computer Networking, Computer Systems and Software Engineering. He holds a BSc in IT and has been a Software Engineer at one of leading software developing company in Sri Lanka. His main role is to ensure that Radio Waatea’s information communication and technology system is to make a contribution to Radio Waatea by ensuring that ICT systems are achieving optimal availability and the staff are being supported with intuitive efficient ICT services to a high standard.


Production Assistant | Ellyce McLeod

Ellyce McLeod-911 Ellyce is the newest member of the Waatea whanau. A product of kohanga reo and kura kaupapa Ellyce worked as a production editor for MTS for five years, has built iBook’s while working for AUT. Ellyces job will be to work with our production team.


Studio Technician | Katene Durie Doherty

katene-406 Katene has had a diverse working background started working as an assistant creative for one of new-Zealand's Premier fashion street-wear label's 'Arcade' then moving on as an in-house media Coordinator for 'Frontside Media' New-Zealand’s  Largest Action Sports Network and now currently working for Waatea 603am as a technician as well as contributing to waatea's on-line television content. My Hobby's include in snowboarding, surfing really anything involving action sports


Administration | Advertising | Maaka Fiso

MAAKA-369 Auckland based singer and songwriter Maaka burst on to our music scene in the X Factor NZ’s first season with his soulful rendition of Titanium. Two years on Maaka has produced two EPs, one in English and one in Maori. One of the songs, Written in the Stars, reflects Maaka’s positive outlook and reminds us we can do great things in life, even the simplest things. His te reo Maori EP Moeke features original tracks and Maaka says, “The English version EP has more of a poppy, EDM feel, whereas the Maori album has a roots-reggae feel.” Maaka is hugely versatile, in terms of language and music styles which has been a big plus working with the Waatea Music label over the past year.


Finance Manager | Tamara Dias

tamara-958 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.


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Radio Waatea

03:00pm - 06:00pm