Ngāti Raukawa, Muaūpoko
Born in the Whanganui town of Raetihi, Larry Parr is of Ngāti Raukawa and Muaūpoko descent. After attending St. Stephen’s School (Tīpene), Bombay, South Auckland he went to the University of Auckland, graduating with a law degree in 1975. He has an extensive background in film and television production and played a role in several of New Zealand’s early film successes. He has dedicated a significant amount of his career to developing Māori involvement in the film industry. Before joining Te Māngai Pāho, Larry was General Manager of Programming at Māori Television. In October 2008, Larry left Māori Television to become Manager of Television Funding at Te Māngai Pāho. He was appointed Kaihautū of Te Māngai Pāho in 2016.
Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Porou
Ringa Āwhina ki te Kaihautū
Executive Assistant to CEO
Dr Soha Ahmed, PhD
Soha is a Data Scientist and a Researcher at Te Māngai Pāho, where she helps the team leverage the power of data science and machine learning to maximize the impact and value of Te Māngai Pāho. She supports leadership and funding teams with insights gained from analysing the organisation’s data. Soha is passionate about using data for social good. Soha holds a Doctorate degree in Computer Science from Victoria University in Wellington specialising in Artificial Intelligence and Bioinformatics and has over 10 years’ experience in data science and research.
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu
Kaitohutohu Matua - Whakapā
Senior Communications Advisor
Jess is the Kaitohuohu Whakapā and manages the communications for Te Māngai Pāho. She has a background in communications and has managed several social media channels and websites in her previous roles. Growing up in kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa, Jess is passionate about te reo Māori. She has a keen interest in using her communications skills to increase and encourage te reo Māori being spoken, heard and seen every day in Aotearoa.
Pou - Ratonga Rangapū
Manager - Corporate Services
As Corporate Service Manager, Thomas has responsibility for oversight of the financial and planning processes of Te Māngai Pāho, including financial controls, financial reporting and performance reporting. This also involves managing the legal, legislative and business risk issues likely to impact on the Organisation. Thomas is a Chartered Accountant and prior to joining Te Māngai Pāho, he worked in various accounting and audit roles in both the public and private sector. This includes two and a half years spent working in London. He is married to Brenda and they have two children.
Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Ranginui
Pou Tuarua - Ratonga Rangapū
Assistant Manager - Corporate Services
Ruiha is responsible for managing and overseeing our online funding and contract management system. As a senior member of corporate services Ruiha supports all back-of-house functions and works closely with the funding team in the implementation of the organisation’s funding strategy. Ruiha is passionate about te reo Māori, technology and innovation, and the role that media plays in the revitalisation of te reo Māori.
With a Bachelor of Accountancy already under his belt, Bradley is currently studying towards his Chartered Accountancy. He was most recently an Accountant at BDO Northland Limited and obtained skills and experience fit for his role as the Kaitiaki Pūtea at Te Māngai Pāho. He has a keen interest in working with Māori organisations and uses his skills to work alongside key stakeholders in his work.
Lynne Kruse Parr
Pou – Tuku Pūtea
Manager - Funding
While at Auckland University, in the early 1970s, Lynne assisted Hana Te Hemara Jackson in gathering signatures for the Te reo Māori petition 1972 and joined in several Ngā Tamatoa protests. Lynne has a BA (1st Class Honours Degree) in Film and English Literature. After leaving university, Lynne worked in the Financial sector and became the first female Senior Executive. On leaving the bank, Lynne and Larry ran a farm in Paparimu, and then helped run the Raetihi Hotel. Lynne has been married to Larry for 47 years and they have 3 sons, 14 moko and 4 moko tuarua. Lynne has been involved in and around the film and television industry for over 30 years and worked at Te Māngai Pāho for 16 years in the Television and now Content Team.
Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Ruanui
Kaitohutohu Matua - Tuku Pūtea
Senior Advisor – Funding
Ruth is of Taranaki descent and affiliates to Ngā Rauru and Ngāti Ruanui iwi. She is a specialist advisor for screen funding (television and digital) and assists with funding rounds, contracts and project compliance. Ruth has a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University (Māori Studies and History) and graduate IT diploma in Systems Technology.
Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Kahungunu
Kaitohutohu Matua - Pūtea
Senior Advisor - Funding
Rochelle began her journey at Te Māngai Pāho in 2004, bringing a strong background in administration and contract management that has assisted her in various roles throughout the organisation. Now a member of the content team, her role is an integral part of helping the needs of Māori content creators to support the revitalisation of the Māori language and culture.
Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto
Kaitohutohu Tuku Pūtea
Moana joined the Funding Team in May 2022 and supports successful funding recipients with contracting processes and project compliance within the diverse content and music portfolios. Moana has a strong administration background with previous roles in Māori health, tertiary education, and telecommunications (to name a few). After spending five years in Australia, Moana has returned home, recognising the value and importance of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga as part of our country’s identity. Moana hopes to support te reo to be spoken, heard, seen, and valued in all areas of the media industry in Aotearoa.
Ngamako Toroa Pomana
Ngai Tāmanuhiri, Ngāti Porou
Kaitohutohu - Tuku Pūtea
Advisor - Funding
Ngamako joined Te Māngai Pāho in early 2020 as an Administrator in the Corporate Services Team, before moving to the Content Team and taking up a role as a Funding Advisor. Growing up in Kōhanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa, Wharekura and graduating from Eastern Institute of Technology in Te Tairāwhiti with a degree in Te Reo Māori (BA), she is a fluent speaker of both te reo Māori and English. Her role has her working directly with content producers to help guide the creation of innovative, engaging and effective Māori language content. A proud wahine Māori, Ngamako is highly motivated to contribute to the revitalisation of te reo Māori.
Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāi Tahu
Pou - Ārahi Kaupapa
Head of Content
Blake is the Head of Content at Te Māngai Pāho. Having extensive experience within the Māori broadcasting sector, her commitment has always solely focused on telling stories from a Māori perspective, with a critical lens. Her credits include producing Aotearoa’s longest standing Māori Current Affairs show, ‘Marae’, ‘Te Matatini’ live broadcasts, ‘Aotearoa 250’ live broadcast, Māori lifestyle show – Easy Eats, and fluent te reo Māori children’s show – ‘Te Nūtube’. Outside of broadcasting, she is a mother of two Māori speaking daughters, National Kapa Haka performer and tutor of Puangarua Kapa Haka, she also sits on the Waitangi Cultural Committee in Te Tai Tokerau.
She knows the important role media plays in shaping our future generations, and her combined experiences guide her commitment to indigenising Aotearoa’s media landscape ensuring Te Tiriti o Waitangi is upheld while strengthening the strategic impact Te Māngai Pāho has promoting te reo Māori across all platforms.
Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngāti Apa
Kaitohutohu Matua - Ārahi Kaupapa
Senior Advisor – Content
Carl has been with Te Māngai Pāho since 2001. He has keenly watched the development and changing nature of Māori content during that time. Of particular note is the evolution of Māori radio - the early beginnings as a terrestrial broadcaster to becoming the “community’s voice by choice” on-air, on-site, and on-line for all audiences worldwide. Carl is proud to have been part of the Te Māngai Pāho team through many notable moments including the launch of the Punga network distribution service, the birth of the Māori Television Service and reaching 500,000 hours of Māori radio programming.
Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Rarawa
Nadia is the lead for music kaupapa at Te Māngai Pāho. While her career background is in commercial radio, Nadia’s affinity for music and sound goes back to childhood. An accomplished recorder player and kapa haka guitarist by age 12, her instinct for correctly selecting future singles from teenage album favourites ‘CMB’ by Color Me Badd and Boyz II Men’s ‘CooleyHighHarmony’ is what set her up in the 90’s for success as a programmer for popular Auckland radio station, Mai FM. 25 years later, and after stints in broadcast tech and content production, Nadia is now back in the music world, and highly motivated about making waiata reo Māori a part of everyday life for all New Zealanders.
Kaitohutohu - Ārahi Kaupapa
Advisor - Content
A product of Kōhanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa Māori, Wharekura and Wānanga, Juneea dedicates herself to the revitalisation of te reo Māori through television and education. Juneea holds a Masters of Mātauranga Māori from Te Wānanga o Raukawa and is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo. Complimentary to her role at Te Māngai Pāho, she also teaches Te Aupikitanga ki te reo Kairangi at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Auckland and teaches at various Kura Reo around the country. Juneea was most recently at Māori Television as Pou Whakahaere Kaupapa Māori, and Mātanga Reo in the internal production team, Mataora. Her role as a Kaitohutohu Ārahi Kaupapa is to work with the Head of Content, content creators and platforms to guide the creation of engaging Māori content that contributes to the revitalisation of te reo Māori.
Taranaki, Ngāti Maniapoto
Tia has joined our team as the Music Intern. Tia graduated with a Bachelor of Commercial Music from Massey University Wellington in 2022.
Growing up around music, Tia has always wanted to become a pop artist and is inspired every day by the strong wāhine Māori around her. During her final year at Uni, Tia released her first waiata Māori with the hope to inspire whānau to start their reo journey.