Piripi Walker

Ngāti Raukawa te Au ki te Tonga


Having trained as a Māori Language Producer at Radio New Zealand, Piripi Walker was one of the founders and former station managers of Te Upoko o Te Ika Radio, the oldest Māori radio station in New Zealand. He remains Trustee and Secretary of the station’s Trust Board, a position he has held since 1994.

Piripi was secretary for Ngā Kaiwhakapūmau i Te Reo (the Wellington Māori Language Board) in a number of Tribunal and Court cases relating to the Māori language, Māori radio, Māori television, and the radio spectrum from the period 1984 -1996. Later, he became one of the negotiators on the appropriate Treaty mechanisms for the establishment of Māori broadcasting.

Piripi was the Director of Language Studies at Te Wananga o Raukawa in Otaki from 1992-1996, and also directed the Māori Laws and Philosophy Programme. He was also a member of the Electoral College for the Māori Television Service Board for ten years until 2011, representing Te Tauihu o Ngā Wānanga, the national association of Wānanga Māori.

Having mostly worked as a writer, editor and translator over the last ten years, Piripi has edited a number of publications, including assisting with editing anthologies and dictionaries.