Puhi Rangiaho

Māori broadcaster, Puhi Rangiaho, has passed away after a long illness.  She died at Tauranga Hospital surrounded by whānau last night.   Puhi Rangiaho,  Ngāi Tūhoe, was among the first to lead Māori broadcasting into mainstream, with Waka Huia alumni like Whai Ngata.    She was a director of the Aotearoa Television Network which faced many challenges but also paved the hard fought establishment of Māori Television.

With an unwavering dedication to te reo Māori, she worked on ground-breaking productions like The Merchant of Venice and the critically acclaimed television series Mataku.

Māori producer, Hone Edwards, says no matter what language she used or whatever circles she moved in, her dedication to quality was exquisite.

“Puhi was the doyenne of Māori tikanga in television broadcasting.  She had the perfect skill-set to access our kuia and koroua using their cultural settings and their reo,” said Hone Edwards.

She will be sadly missed by Te Ao Papāho Māori.  Moe mai e hoa i tōu moengaroa.

Ngapo Wehi


Legend of kapa haka, an inspirational leader Dr Ngapo Wehi died last week. The 82-year-old from Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu and Te Whānau a Apanui was a colossus of Māori performing arts leading two major Māori haka groups to the national title.

He had a profound influence on many Māori who worked in the screen industry.

Moe mai e te Rangatira, okioki i roto i te ringa o te Atua.


Photo:  Māori Television

Nga Tama Toa - Ted Nia Eruera (Ted) Te Whiti Nia, artist and filmmaker died in Rarotonga where he lived on 9 June 2016. Ted carried the name of his grandfather, Lieutenant Colonel Eruera Te Whiti Love – the first Māori to command the 28th Māori Battalion. He was raised in both New Zealand and Rarotonga, as his parents travelled between their two homelands.

He went to Arts School at Ilam in Christchurch in the early 1970s, where he learned photography and filmmaking among other things. A pioneer of the NZ/Māori/Pasifika film industry Ted Nia was a part of Ngā Tama Toa and the tent Embassy at Parliament. His films are held at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and include Te Atiawa o Runga te Rangi (1986) and Nga Tai o Makiri (1987), filmed largely in Taranaki with interviews with many kuia and kaumātua on Te Atiawa tikanga and environmental issues. Eruera Ted Nia was an original member of Nga Tamatoa (Christchurch) seen here with Tame Iti, Kura Te Waru Rewiri, John Ohia,John Tahu.

Photo: John Miller