Today marks 40 years of the Glenbrook Vintage Railway operating near Auckland’s suburb of Waiuku. Celebrating 32 years volunteering at the railway is train driver George Ngātai.
Kawe Roes (Ngāti Rereahu, Ngāti Maniapoto): Kawe was raised in the King Country and is a descendent of Ngāti Rereahu and Ngāti Maniapoto tribes with filial connections to most of Europe.
He's been working in Māori Media since 2008 firstly as a radio breakfast show host (Maniapoto FM) then as a news presenter and programme director for Te Upoko o te Ika radio in Wellington.
Kawe holds the mantle of the paepae and continues to work with his wider iwi and hapū to install the teaching of old with the people of Ngāti Rereahu and Ngāti Maniapoto.
He has a strong passion for railways, science and Māori culture. Since 2016 Kawe has hosted the weekday show news and current affairs show on Māori Television called Kawe Kōrero Reporters.