Joe HarawiraLead Storyteller, Mentor, Workshop Director
(Ngāti Awa, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Maniapoto)
Arguably the most experienced and travelled Māori storyteller in the world today. Joe has been travelling the world and sharing our stories for the last 34 years! Joe is responsible for mentoring our storytellers. He also shares his knowledge and experiences within the Māori storytelling workshops that we deliver. Joe is a founding member of TRWOT.
(Ngāti Pukeko, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Tuhoe)
An expert orator in both English and te reo Maori, Tamati is a certified te reo translator. He has an extensive background in Maori radio, kapa haka (Te Whānau ā Apanui), and is also an accomplished children’s book author. Tamati is a founding member of TRWOT.
Scotty brings with him te reo and tikanga expertise, and an extensive background in television, radio and Māori media in general. He is the well-known presenter of Maori current affairs programmesTe Karere and Marae Investigates. He holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and Masters degree (Education) from Waikato University, and is currently working towards his PhD at Massey University. Scotty has been an Adjunct Professor and the Director of Maori Student and Community Engagement at Auckland’s Unitec Institute of Technology, where he continues to promote te reo Maori through awareness, administration and specialised courses. He is also the author of the bestselling The Raupo Phrasebook of Modern Maori. Scotty is a founding member of TRWOT.
(Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa)
TV Presenter, Radio Presenter, Writer, Wife, Mum – Stacey is a well-known television and radio celebrity, perhaps one of the most experienced and celebrated woman in NZ broadcasting at the moment. We were fortunate to have Stacey join our kaupapa in 2013.
(Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngai Tahu)
Chey grew up in Tamaki Makaurau and moved to Te Taikorerau where his passion for things Māori flourished. Chey is an experienced TV and radio presenter, having worked as a TV presenter on both Pukana and I AM TV. He now lives in Rotorua where he and his partner raise their 6 year old daughter in a Te Reo Māori speaking household whilst running their small production company Arataua Limited.
(Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Rangiwewehi)
Kahurangi Maxwell is of Te Arawa decent and has whakapapa links to iwi of the wider Bay of Plenty and central North Island.
She is a seasoned TV personality having worked on last years Te Matatini coverage and earlier for TVNZ’s Waka Huia and Te Karere.
She is young and a fluent speaker of te reo o Te Arawa. With her wealth of media and cultural experience with Te Arawa lands and people, she brings with her a wide network of fluent speakers.
(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. Currently he hosts a weekday show on Māori Television called Kawe korero Reporters.
Ka ngana a Peeni kia whai reo kaha a Tamaki Makaurau ki roto i te Paremata. Ka puku mahi ano ia ki nga take nui o Tamaki – whai mahi tuturu, whai whare, hauora pai, whai matauranga, a, kia whai hua ano te reo o te hunga taiohi ki a ratou ake kaupapa.
(Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa)
Storyteller: Mātai Smith began his screen career reporting on Marae. He was a long-running host of pioneering te reo children’s show Pūkana and later co-hosted breakfast TV staple Good Morning (where he introduced te reo, and was hypnotised). Smith fronted popular Māori TV talent quest Homai Te Pakipaki, winning Best Presenter at the 2012 NZ TV Awards. He is currently Native Affairs’ Australian correspondent.
(Ngāti Awa, Tuwharetoa, 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 Tūmeke 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.
Te Ahukaramu Charles RoyalWorkshop Director
(Marutuahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngā Puhi)
In addition to his academic career, Charles Royal is an acclaimed musician and composer. His major works include Te Arikinui for tenor, strings and percussion, Reclamations for violin and piano, and Baxter Songs for baritone and piano. He has composed mōteatea for his music group Reo, including Āio, Te Take o te rākau, and I haere nei koe.
Charles is the leader of the modern whare tapere (iwi based ‘houses’ of storytelling, dance, music, games, puppetry, and other entertainments), an initiative based upon his doctoral research. He is also the author of six books all focusing on the aspects of mātauranga Māori, iwi histories, and traditions.
Hollie TawhiaoCreative Director
(Ngāti Tiipa, Ngā Puhi)
With a BFA (Hons) from the prestigious Elam School of Fine Arts, Hollie has experience in most mediums of art, mahi whakairo, digital illustration and graphic design. She is currently Creative Director for TRWOT and Morph Creative and has worked on a number of government funded Māori language initiatives. Hollie is a founding member of TRWOT.
Lee TimutimuFounder, Director
(Ngāti Awa, Ngai Te Rangi, Tuhoe)
Extensive IT career (13+ years), experienced in Project Management of Māori language initiatives, an independent film maker and creative. Lee is a Director and founding member of TRWOT.