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piripi1.jpgPiripi Taylor - Ngāti Awa, Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa

Piripi was raised in Te Teko by his grandparents Te Poto Hotene and Horipawa Himone Teira, both of whom were native speakers of the Māori language.   Piripi began his broadcasting career at the tender age of 14 as a part-time radio announcer for Tumeke FM.  His foray into television began as a writer, associate producer and presenter for the ground breaking and award winning Māori language teaching programme, Kōrero Mai.   However, in 2006, he returned to the newsroom as a reporter/presenter for Te Kāea.  Piripi is a recipient of the Best Māori Language Television Male Presenter Award for his work as the weekday anchor for Te Kāea and credits the success to the combined efforts of the reporters, producers and production team who strive to deliver daily, a quality Māori news programme from a Māori perspective.

amo1.jpgAmomai Pihama - Ngāti Mahanga, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Ruanui

Amomai spent her schooling years as one of the first KKM students at Hoani Waititi Marae, under the tutelage and guidance of such pantheons of tikanga and mātauranga Maori, as the late Dame Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira, Dr Pita Sharples, Tuini Hakaraia and Te Aroha Paenga.   She has over 10 years in the broadcasting and journalism fields, both news and current affairs.  Amomai enjoys a dual role within the Te Kaea team, as an Auckland-based senior reporter and the Weekend Anchor.

steph_1_0.pngStephanie Huriana Martin - Te Rarawa

Stephanie was born and raised in West Auckland.  She is another Hoani Waititi alumni, is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori, and also holds a Conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Laws from The University of Auckland.  Her work in the media industry began at the age of 13 when she won a role on a Māori Language series called Te Kākano.  Stephanie has since gone on to gain experience in many aspects of the industry including acting, presenting, voice-over work, researching, scripting and translating.  Stephanie works for Te Kāea as a Quality Assurer of Te Reo Māori and of Te Kāea’s English subtitles, and also as a presenter.

harata.jpgHarata Brown - Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao

Harata was born in Rotorua, but raised in Te Hiku o Te Ika.  She spent 10 years at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rangi Āniwaniwa in Kaitaia.  She graduated from South Seas with a Diploma in Film & TV Productions at 17 and eventually continued study, first at Auckland University then Waikato University, completing a Reo Māori major with papers still pending to complete a Bachelor of Arts.  As the demands of life went on, Harata put study on hold and eventually moved back to the Far North to work at Te Hiku Media, as the Regional Māori Radio News Reporter and as an announcer in Iwi and Rangatahi Radio.  She joined Te Kāea in 2012 and although she’s based in Auckland, she’s always lobbying to head North to cover stories in Te Tai Tokerau.

heeni.jpgHeeni Brown - Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao

Born and initially raised in Rotorua, her family moved to the Far North community of Te Kao when she was 8 years old.  She is a graduate of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rangi Āniwaniwa and spent her first tertiary years at Auckland and Waikato universities studying Bachelors in Science and Māori.  That science background comes in handy when covering both health and court stories.  She also loves covering treaty settlements as she is fascinated by the details and stories in historical accounts.

rewa1_1.pngRewa Harriman - TeWhakatōhea, Te Māhurehure

Rewa has spent most of her upbringing on the tennis court where she pursued her dream of becoming a professional tennis player.  After 7 years on the circuit and travelling to over 30 countries, she decided she was ready for the challenge of learning te reo Māori.  She spent two years under Te Ātaarangi which lead to her first job in Māori journalism at Radio Waatea in 2004.  Rewa joined Te Kāea in 2010, firstly as a general reporter, but is now combining her experience as a former professional athlete and journalism as a sports reporter.

mere_0.JPGMere McLean – Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou

Mere McLean hails from the Mātaatua region with links to Tūhoe iwi.  Working from the Rotorua district, Mere has recently returned to Te Kāea after spending two years in Whakatāne.  Mere is motivated by the desire to let our people tell their stories from their perspective.

dean1.jpgDean Nathan - Te Aupouri, Te Ātiawa

Hailing from the Far North, Dean was born and raised in Te Kao on Te Aupōuri Peninsula.  Schooled at Te Kao District High School and Wesley College he began his career in the public service after which he assisted his elders in the collation of oral histories in support of the Muriwhenua Land Claims.  His opportunity in media came as a reporter for Ruia Mai at MAI FM Radio in Auckland.  He cut his teeth in television at TVNZ as a sports reporter for Marae and then moved onto report and eventually line-up Te Karere before moving to Maori Television in 2008.  Today he is our Whangārei-based reporter providing news coverage in Te Tai Tokerau.

numia1.jpgNumia Ponika-Rangi Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou

Taiarahia and Hikurangi are my mountains.  Ohinemataroa and Waiapu are my rivers.  My people are Ngāti Rongo of Tūhoe and Te Aitanga a Hauiti of Ngāti Porou.  I was born in Whakatane and was raised as Māori in Ruatoki under the guidance of my Tūhoe elders and my grandfather, Te Wharetini Rangi, of Ngāti Porou.  In 1967, I moved to Turangi with my whāngai parents, Kohine and Koti Ponika.  I was schooled in Ruatoki, Turangi and Wellington.  In 1990, I started work at Aotearoa Radio in Auckland and went on to work at Mana Magazine, Mana Media, Aotearoa Television and eventually Māori Television; these are Māori media organisations that take news to the world and operate with a Māori world view. The most important thing to me is that our language is used correctly and that Māori issues are reported in the right way. This is why I believe Māori should report Māori stories and issues.

Maikibio.jpgMaiki Sherman - Ngāpuhi, Te Whakatōhea, Tainui

Maiki came to Te Kāea having spent three years with Te Karere, and before that she worked in print.  Maiki is now based is Wellington focussing on politics as Te Kāea’s reporter in Parliament.  While at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ruamatā, Maiki was named New Zealand Top Scholar, Te Reo Rangatira Level 3, for students exceptionally fluent in the Māori language.

wepiha2.jpgWepiha 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.

tamati1.jpgTamati Tiananga - Ngāti Koroki-Kahukura, Ngāti Whāwhākia, Cook Island

Tamati Tiananga grew up in a small settlement west of Huntly called Te Kauri with his grandparents.  He is of heritage and is a graduate of Te Wharekura o Rākaumangamanga.  He attended Waikato University for two years studying towards a Bachelors of Education however he followed his heart and chose to pursue a broadcasting career as a television reporter.  Tamati is a senior sports reporter in Te Kāea and has covered a wide range of stories from grassroots to sport at an international level.

rahia1.jpgRahia Timutimu - Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou

Rahia was born in Whakatāne and spent her early childhood being schooled at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori ā Rohe o Rūātoki.  Around the age of 10, her whānau moved to Ruatoria on the East Coast, and here she attended Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Waiū o Ngāti Porou, a place which has contributed hugely to her career in Māori journalism.  Rahia holds a Bachelor in Communications and Māori degree and enjoys covering a wide range of Māori stories including those in fashion and entertainment arenas.

ripeka (2).JPGRipeka Timutimu Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Tūhoe

Ripeka grew up in a small Māori community in Tauranga Moana, called Matapihi, with her 4 siblings.  They spent most of their childhood around their marae, Hungahungatoroa.  After attending Queen Victoria School, Ripeka began her law studies but was lured away by the opportunity to work, firstly with her iwi, Ngāi Te Rangi, in the Treaty sector, and then eventually Māori Television.  Ripeka is currently based in Wellington as a Te Kāea reporter.

arohabio1.jpgAroha Treacher - Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu, Tainui

Aroha came to Māori Television from the New Zealand Herald in 2008.  She has a background in the Navy, where she spent five years before leaving to study journalism at AUT, graduating with distinction in a Bachelor of Communications Studies.  Aroha was not raised in te reo Māori and took it upon herself as a young adult to learn the language of her tipuna so her children would benefit from having the Māori language as a natural part of their lives.