Iulia Leilua

Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Hekeawai

Iulia likes telling stories that reflect grassroots Māori.  If it means travelling to far-flung places or doing long hours of research, Iulia will do the hard yards to tell a compelling and colourful story.  Born and bred in Taumarunui, Iulia is of Māori and Samoan (Fusi, Safotulafai) descent.  After attending St. Joseph’s Māori Girls College, she trained at the Waiariki Māori Journalism Course.  Iulia was a founding journalist for TVNZ’s Māori Department in 1987; worked for the short-lived Aotearoa TV in 1996; and was a founding member of Māori Television in 2003.  She also has a background in public relations - handy for reading media-trained people.  “Being with Native Affairs enables us to break down stereotypes about Māori, expose injustice, make complex issues relevant to Māori and celebrate Māori success.”

iulia.leilua@maoritelevision.com @iulialeilua