Rhonda Kite is the founder and CEO of KIWA Digital Ltd, an innovative television production and digital publishing house with over 20 years’ experience in adding Māori soundtracks to existing programming.
A successful Producer in her own right, Rhonda has been responsible for producing award-winning Māori programmes and documentaries including Otara – Defying the Odds, The Truth About Māori, Mataku and Squeegee Bandit. She also launched Māori Television’s long-running TV series Kete Aronui, in 2006 profiling a wide range of Māori artists.
In 2009, Rhonda began applying her production skills to digital publishing, creating ‘interactive, multilingual’ books for touchscreen devices. She has also pioneered the localization and dubbing industry in New Zealand and remains the largest provider of dubbed television programming in the South Pacific region.
Her ground-breaking work has earned her the title's of Māori Businesswoman of the Year, North and South magazine New Zealander of the Year in IT and Communications. She has also won international industry recognition and awards for her patented voice dubbing technology which is used world-wide.
Rhonda has a strong passion for te reo Māori and the huge opportunities for Māori to develop through the use of digital technologies. She has served on the boards of Ngā Aho Whakaari, AFTA and NZ On Air and currently sits on the UFB Māori Advisory group Ngā Pū Waea and the MBIE Small Business Development Group.