Wepiha Te Kanawa

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pukenga, Waitaha

Wepiha was raised on his papakāinga nestled beneath the Pāpāmoa Hills in Tauranga Moana.  He is the second youngest in a family of five children, all of whom were immersed in te reo Māori from a young age.  Wepiha is a graduate of the South Seas School of Film and Television, where he fostered his love for Māori broadcasting and film.  This led him to pursue a career at Māori Television in 2012 and is now a news reporter.