Scotty Morrison has been appointed as the Iwi Radio, Ngā Aho Whakaari representative to the Te Mātāwai Board. The announcement was made by Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori.
He was nominated by Te Arawa FM and was unanimously selected by the Executive.
Morrison has been a passionate advocate for the Māori language. He has been one of Radio Waatea's longest serving Māori announcers for 12 years. Prior to this, he worked at Ruia Mai.
Morrison was recognised for his contribution to te reo Māori me ōna tikanga at the 2016 Matariki Awards. The presenter of Māori current affairs programmes ‘Te Karere’ and ‘Marae Investigates’ won the Te Waitī Award for Te Reo & Tikanga.
Morrison holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and Masters degree (Education) from Waikato University, and is currently working towards his PhD at Massey University, writing his thesis about the use of te reo Māori in and in the evolution of Māori broadcasting.
His background in the media industry extends across all mediums including radio and documentary making. He has also acted in films and television dramas including a lead role in the Māori language version of Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’.
Reikura Kahi was selected as the Ngā Aho Whakaari representative and will be the alternate candidate to Morrison.
Te Kāea reporter Talisa Kupenga will have more on this tonight at 5:30pm.