Helping families who are suffering from this year’s Edgecumbe floods sparked a heated debate between the two candidates fighting to win the Māori electorate seat of Waiariki.
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.