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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 Advertising Agency for Iwi Radio, and for the past 16 years has been Station Manager, Producer, Executive Producer and General Manager of UMA Broadcasting Limited.Bernie is currently studying at Auckland University for the MBA Masters in Business Administration
Email: Bernie@waatea603am.co.nz
 

 

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 presented the local news service Te Kaakaa Tarahae. Kura is currently the online Digital Media Manager for waateanews.com.She is the producer of the current affairs programme Paakiwaha, Breakfast with Dale Husband and presents the afternoon abnd evening English news bulletins. Kura has extensive experience working in Maori Broadcasting producing every regional Te Matatiini for the past 15 years, The Māori Sports Awards and numerous live OB’s from Tāmaki Makaurau and major projects like Te Wero Series for the past 2 elections.
Email: Kura@waatea603am.co.nz

 

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.

 

Radio Announcer | Claudette Hauiti

Claudette-611 Journalist Claudette Hauiti founded production company Front of the Box in 1993. Specialising in Māori and Pasifika programming. Claudette 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. Claudette is now the host of Drive with Claudette broadcast weekdays from 4.00pm - 7.00pm and is also the host of the Auckland Council sponsored Te Hononga broadcast Thursday mornings from 10.30am - 11.00am. 

 

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 Treaty o Waitangi 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: adam@waatea603am.co.nz

 

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.

 

Journalist | Host | Tumamao Harawira

Ngapuhi
to-867 One of Māori broadcasting's exciting new talents, Tumamao works for Waatea's Māori news team and is the host of the daily Maori languiage current affairs programme, Manako. 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 Maori lanugage daily current affairs programme Manako.   A valuable member of the Waatea team, Huk brings humour and experience to his role. He says these life experiences have taught him the skills and patience to produce.
Email: huk@waatea603am.co.nz

 

ICT 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.
Email: Leshan@waatea603am.co.nz

 

Production Assistant | Ellyce McLeod

Ellyce McLeod-911 Ellyce is the producer of Ko Toku Ao which focuses on daily kaupapa that are of interest to Māori language native speakers where our kuia and koroua can hear their reo and their perspective on the worlds events. 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.
Email: Ellyce@waatea603am.co.nz

 

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.
Email: tamara@muma.co.nz

 

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