Toihau - Chair

Ko Pukehapopo te maunga

Ko Waiomoko te awa

Ko Tereanini te waka

Ko Marukauiti me Te Riwai me Wahakapi ngā hapu

Ko Ngāti Konohi te iwi

Ko Paikea te tupuna

Tūwhitia te hopo, mairangitia te angitū

Eliminate the negative, accentuate the positive

Anahera started her media career answering the phones at Aotearoa Television in 1996 while completing the last year of her degree at Auckland University.  She joined Television New Zealand the following year as a researcher and eventually became the producer for the seminal youth programme Mai Time. Anahera has extensive experience live television, live streaming on linear and digital platforms and is passionate about seeing our people telling our stories.

“I believe the screen industry has a unique role to play in the future of te reo Māori in Aotearoa and internationally.  When the future generations see themselves, their language and their stories, represented on screen at home, only then can we truly take our stories to the world stage”

“I wish to serve our Ngā Aho Whakaari community for another term because there is still much work to be done, and while our industry may appear very chaotic at this time, chaos can also represent opportunity for positive change”.

Executive Director
Ko Taiarahia te maunga

Ko Ohinemataroa te awa

Ko Ngāti Koura raua ko Mahurehure ngā hapu

Nā te taha o taku whaea, ko Waikato te awa,ko Taupiri te maunga, ko Ngāti Whaawhaakia te hapu, ko Waikato te iwi.

Tihei Mauriora.

My Industry Experience includes working as a Producer, director, writer in television, film & radio (BBC & Radio Waatea).  Previous NAW Board member, Deputy Chair & Executive Director.

I started in television as I saw it as an effective method to promote, inform & entertain in our language and tikanga for our own people - I still do. I was a foundation member of Māori Programmes Dept at TVNZ & Waka Huia series, foundation member of TV3, worked at ATN, ED of Internal Productions at MTS, producer of Waka Huia at TVNZ. Produced drama & co-creator of Moko Toa special effects te reo Māori series, produced short films, 13 Days Out, The Winter Boy, Ūkaipō Whenua. Executive Director of several short films, presently working on feature documentary and drama and writing. The Māori screen industry is undergoing great changes and we need to have a clear vision of what we want as tangata whenua and put effective strategies in place to achieve our goals and to ensure Māori are partners in the decision making at all levels.  We also need to address the lack of Māori women in decision making roles throughout the screen industry. Te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori and our relationship with our communities are the heart and soul of all our endeavours.


He uri ahau no nga waka Aotea,

Te Arawa ratou ko Mataatua.

I te taha o toku matua

ko Ngāti Tuwharetoa,

ratou ko Ngāti Pikiao,

ko Ngāti Pukenga ōku iwi.

I te taha o toku whaea

Ko Ngāti Rangiwewehi,

Ko Ngā Rauru ki tahi,

ratou Ko Te Ātihunui-a-Papārangi ōku iwi.

I whanau au i Ratana Paa no reira ka tu ake au i te Maramatanga. Mangai Ae.

Tēna tātou e te whānau. I  have completed my tenure as Toihau of 2.5 years. I took on the role while completing my documentary for the 2017 Pakipumeka series screened on MTS. I’ve been a member of Ngā Aho Whakaari since its inception and prior to that ‘ Te Manu Aute’, the screen arts activist organisation that preceded it. We flew many kites back then in the 1980’s and had stormy sessions at various hui. We had a great deal to be passionate about as we fought for recognition. Today we are dealing with a different set of issues - surviving in multi platform environments and safe guarding our taonga.

The kaupapa of Nga Aho Whakaari is to support all Māori in screen as our mentors intended. Our Whakatauki  ‘E kore te tōtara e tū noa i te pārae engari me tū i te wao’ gives us guidance.  I see it holds our Board together today as we work to ensure a stronger place for Māori voices in the future of all screen.

Board Member

Ko Terangihaukaha te maunga
Ko Tangonge te roto
Ko Tinana te waka
Ko Te Rarawa te iwi
Ko Te Rarawa te marae
Ko Ngāti te Ao te hapū
Ko Tomoana te tangata
Ko Tipene te whānau
Ko Louisa ahau
Tihei mauri ora!

Louisa is a communications specialist with over 20 years experience in public relations, marketing, broadcast and print media. Of Māori and Samoan descent, she was born in NZ and moved overseas as a child. She has returned to Aotearoa after almost three decades living in Australia, Japan and the USA.
She founded the Aotearoa NZ Film Festival in Honolulu, Hawai’i in 2012. She serves on the Board of PIFT (Pacific Islanders in Film & Television) and Kaporangi Kiriata (Wairoa Māori Film Festival and Māori Film Week in Tāmaki Makaurau).
As an Account Manager with Bright Sunday she has worked on the Marketing, Social Media and Publicity for NZ films One Thousand Ropes, Gary of the Pacific, Waru, The Breakers Upperers, Māui’s Hook and she Produced the short film Native in Nuhaka.

I am on a journey to reconnect with this whenua, my iwi, and my whānau. My mission is to counter the mentality that Māori are "globally hot and locally not" by using my personal and professional experiences to empower Māori and Pasifika creatives. Serving on the NAW Board will enable me to accomplish my mission. Overseas, I started an NZ Film Festival to share our stories with the world. Now I’m home I want to help creatives tell our stories.

Board Member

No Ngāti Whātua raua ko Ngāti Mahuta ia.

He manawhenua tuturu o Tamaki Nui.

Sharon is no stranger to NAW or film and television. She trained as a camera operator at TVNZ as one of the 48 Kimihia Trainees in 1988 and worked in film, commercials, television and corporate production for 23 yrs. In that time she produced for her own company Moko Productions while doing mainstream work for a decade.

Cinematic story-telling is her first love. Sharon stands again for Ngā Aho Whakaari while in semi-retirement working for her iwi at governance level. She believes that Māori and other indigenous peoples need to tell their stories and control the narrative.
Board Member

Ko Matawhaura te Maunga

Ko Rotoiti te Moana

Ko Te Arawa te Waka

Ko Ngati Rongomai te iwi

Ko Piripi Curtis ahau.

I started my career as a primary school teacher and was fully registered for 23 years. During that time I was lucky enough to transition from teaching in to Television producing, which I have been doing for the last 15 years, thanks mostly to the show that my brother Richard and I created called Hunting Aotearoa. I joined NAW as a way to give back to the industry that has given me so much. I am happy to keep contributing, especially given there is so much mahi that constantly falls on the board to do every year.

From the Chair - Piripi represents members of Steam Box Collective who recently hosted the Inaugural Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival. They treated all comers with exceptional manaakitanga. If this is a taste of future endeavours then the festival will thrive and with it our International standing in the Film Industry.

Board Member

Ko Puketohunoa te maunga

Ko Taumārere te awa

Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi

Ko Ngāti Manu te hapū

Ko Michele Bristow tōku ingoa

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

My entire career has been in media, across all genres radio, print and television with an emphasis on production, marketing and communications.  I was a Producer and Executive Producer at Whakaata Māori for 14 years.

I have a passion for Current Affairs with strong political interests. “I am prepared to work for the membership of this organisation to advance and develop Māori in media.

I have had one term on the Board of Ngā Aho Whakaari. I see being on the Board as an opportunity to contribute to an industry I love and together we can do great things. Since leaving Whakaata Māori in 2016 I have been working as a Communications Advisor in health specifically Maori Workforce Development.

Board Member
Ko Tikawe te maunga

Ko Māmaru te waka

Ko Waimahana te moana

Ko Ngāti Aukiwa te hapu

Ko Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa te iwi

Ko Kahukuraariki te tupuna

Ko Ella Henry raua ko Mark Teirney ōku mātua

Ko Mia-Mārama Henry-Teirney ahau

Tēnā koutou ngā mema o Ngā Aho Whakaari

I am an emerging Producer working as a Production Manager and Coordinator for several years. I have also worked as a mentee under experienced Producer Robin Scholes, where I was the intern Producer on Lee Tamahori’s film Mahana, and helped Robin develop numerous film & TV projects. In 2017 I produced popular web series Baby Mama’s Club, and short film My Brother Mitchell which has screened at the NZIFF and ImagiNATIVE.

I am passionate about bringing unique Māori stories to the screen, showing different representations of our people that don’t exist in the media.

As a member of NAW and the board, I would work hard to be an advocate and conduit for rangatahi Māori, encouraging younger storytellers to become members of NAW and participate in various development opportunities.

I hope to learn more about board governance, and would be privileged to work with and learn from expert Māori practitioners.

Board Member

Ngāti Pikiao / Ngāi Te Rangi

Ko Te Arawa te waka

Ko Ngāti Pikiao te iwi

Ko Matawhaura te maunga

Ko Maketu te Moana

Ko Te Awhe te Whare tupuna

Ko Heperi Mita ahau

I owe my life to the film industry. My mother and father met on the set of Utu and if it wasn't for that film I wouldn't have been born.  So I feel that I owe a debt of gratitude to the industry that made me. As a film archivist for the past 7 years I have made contributions to help preserve the film legacy of Aotearoa.  And in recent years I have had the privilege of participating in the industry myself as a director and writer of my own feature documentary. ‘Merata Mita - How my mother decolonised the screen’.

I aim to further serve the industry, by joining the board of Ngā Aho Whakaari to advocate for Māori film makers, to support the ongoing preservation of Māori media and to help support those in the industry working with archival footage.