A former beauty queen is encouraging New Zealanders to support indigenous enterprises by buying their Christmas presents from Māori businesses.
Aroha Awarau is a story producer for Native Affairs. He affiliates to Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Maru and Niue.
An award winning journalist, Aroha joined Māori Television in 2016 after ten years as a magazine journalist. Aroha is the former news editor for Woman’s Day and a senior writer for NZ Woman’s Weekly.
Originally from Hāwera, Aroha has also written two successful plays and a short film that travelled to various international festivals.