Native Affairs announces new additions to the team

Respected New Zealand broadcasters will launch a new direction for Māori Television’s current affairs leader Native Affairs.

Award-winning sports journalist Rewa Harriman, pioneer broadcaster Wena Harawira, political newshound Maiki Sherman and multiple award-winning presenter Mātai Smith are joining the Native Affairs team.

Co-presenters Billie-Jo Hohepa Ropiha and Ward Kamo will anchor the refreshed format, combining insights and acute analysis.

Head of News and Current Affairs Maramena Roderick says Native Affairs is poised to trail blaze a new era in New Zealand journalism.

“Audiences are changing.  We need to respond to this with a team who can face the challenge head on,” says Ms Roderick.

She said Ms Hohepa Ropiha had proven her mettle in recent investigations and is more than ready for a leading role.

Mr Kamo cut his teeth on the long format interview show, Focus, but his experience in senior advisory roles in government and private sector will bring a unique perspective on the issues.

Native Affairs has proven it’s not afraid to ask the hard questions and Ward’s broad understanding of issues will help cut through the spin.

“Rewa, Maiki and Wena will join the existing reporting team and file stories from around the country and Mātai will file from Australia and New Zealand.”

Ms Roderick says securing such highly regarded broadcasters to join the reporting team of Ruwani Perera, Iulia Leilua and Renee Kahukura is testimony to the standing of Māori Television’s news and current affairs offering.