Aroha Awarau

Aroha Awarau (Ngati Porou, Ngati Maru, Niuean) is a story producer for Native Affairs.  An award winning journalist, Aroha joined Maori Television this year after ten years as a magazine journalist.

Heta Gardiner

Heta Gardiner has been a reporter since 2009, cutting his teeth at the Auckland newsroom for Te Karere, then moving to be a European correspondent until 2013.  After returning from London, Heta became a Wellington-based reporter with Te Karere.

Leah Te Whata

Leah (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua) began her broadcasting career at Kia Ora FM at the age of 16. Driven by her passion for Te Reo Māori and kaupapa Māori she became Awa FM’s Breakfast Show host.

Lynette Amoroa

Lynette Amoroa has a long history of experience in Māori broadcasting, and is currently the Executive Producer of Te Kāea. If you have a story to share with Lynette, email her here at:

Mānia Clarke

Mānia Clarke has recently joined our Te Kāea news team working in on our general news stories. If you have a story to share with Mānia, email her at

Online News Team

Our Online News Team reports on the latest news stories and what's trendy online at local, national and international levels. Catch our midday news bulletin every weekday LIVE on the Māori Television homepage

Taiha Molyneux

Taiha is of Tūhoe and Ngati Kahungunu descent she has led the Online News team at Māori Television as Executive Producer for just over a year and was formerly a producer for Te Kāea news.

Talisa Kupenga

Te Aitanga-a-Mate, Ngati Porou Born and raised in Gisborne, Talisa attended Waikirikiri School, and Lytton High School. At age seven, while living with her grandparents, her koro placed her in the te reo unit – a decision she is forever grateful for.

Wikitōria Day

Ngāi Tūhoe Wikitōria Day was born in Whakatāne, and attended Whakatāne High School.  Sports has always played a big part in her life and whilst at school. She competed in a range of sports including hockey, volleyball and waka kōpapa.