Fiona Apanui-Kupenga

Producer / Director (Ngāti Porou)

Fiona’s credits include Making Good Men documentary for Prime 2016, Kitchen Kura 2016 , Patapatai 2015, Fitness in the Whare 2015, Behind the Brush 2014, Survive Aotearoa 2013 and Code 2010-2011 all for Maori Television. Prior to that, she was the line-up producer for TVNZ’s Good Morning show for four years from 2006. From 2001 to 2005, Fiona presented the TVNZ rangatahi show Mai Time.

Hone Apanui

Te Reo Māori Consultant (Ngāti Porou)

Hone Apanui has been involved in Maori education and publishing since 1980. He was Editor, Maori for School Publications and a Publishing Manager with Learning Media. He has written many books for schools in te reo, edited much of the early Maori Curriculum for schools and translated numerous materials, from the arts to the sciences, for a wide range of organisations. Writer and reo consultant for the waiata documentary series Ngā Waiata o te Iwi Hone has been the Te Reo advisor for Te Amokura Productions since it’s inception and is consulted on all Te Amokura Productions projects. As well as advising and translating he has composed lyrics when required and interviewed talent. He has been a judge for the Montana and New Zealand Post Book Awards and is currently a judge for the Education Book Awards. He has also been a teacher, an Inspector of Schools and an Education Reviewer.

Maureen Passmore

Production Manager (Ngāti Tonga)

Maureen has been a member of the Te Amokura Productions crew since 2013 working on several projects such as Patapatai, Kitchen Kura, Making Good Men, Survive Aotearoa for Maori Television and more recently Gate to the Globe for Television New Zealand.  She has been in the television industry for over 30 years.
Mo as she likes to be called, continues to work as a freelance Directors Assistant for Sky Sport, and was previously employed by TVNZ for several years, Some of her work since leaving TVNZ include Television Manager at TelstraSaturn, acting Television Manager at Te Mangai Paho and a Board Member with the National Pacific Radio Trust.
Mo continues to love working in the television industry and still gets excited when she researches and discovers new local television ideas and stories.  She laments the demise of good local entertainment music based productions as these were a particular favourite of hers.

Fraser Rudman

Camera and Sound

Fraser is a graduate of both the New Zealand Broadcasting School and New Zealand Film and Television School. Since finishing study in 2012, he has been involved with a number of film and television productions in a wide variety of roles, most notably Production Assistant in feature film ‘Giselle’ and factual documentary series ‘Street Hospital’, Sound Recordist and Assistant Editor for ‘Survive Aotearoa’, and Sound Recordist for documentary series ‘Behind The Brush’, as well as DOP for a number of promo, and educational videos and advertisements. Fraser has also worked as a DOP, 1st Assistant Director, Sound Recordist, Editor, and Sound Editor for a number of short films. At present, Fraser is shooting and editing a series of videos for the Department of Conservation, as well as writing a screenplay for a short film.”

Mike Jonathan

Cameraman (Waikato, Te Arawa, Mataatua) – Hakaboy Films

Mike has been a cameraman / director of photography and director for over 26 years working in television and film but also making award winning documentaries “Making Good Men” in 2017 which won best doco of the year at the NZTV awards. “Target Zero”, a documentary following Mike King’s journey to bring suicide numbers to zero, “Freezing Works”, following Kiwis going to Iceland to work in their meat processing plants for 2 months and “Road to the Globe”, about Māori actors performing Shakespeare’s play, Troulus and Cressida in Te Reo Māori to a London world audience. Mike has also made an array of Māori short films that have won International acclaim.

Te Rurehe Paki

Editor (Tuwharetoa, Tuhoe, Waikato)

Te Rurehe is an award winning editor and owner of The Suite Limited, the post-production facility that has shaped numerous television series including the Qantas Award winning series, E Tū Kahikatea and the NZTV Awards Best Documentary winner, Making Good Men.
As an editor, Te Rurehe focuses on the narrative and pace of a story, following his intuition that has been honed from working on documentaries, TV series, commercials, corporate videos and short films. He approaches each project with a fresh perspective and concentrates on ensuring the story is conveyed to audiences in a way that is emotionally engaging and exceeds expectations.
He is a long time collaborator of Te Amokura Productions and is grateful to be playing a small role in their exciting success.

Sonny Ngatai

Presenter / Director / Editor (Ngati Rangiwewehi, Ngai Te Rangi)

Sonny was the winner of the National Korimako Award two years in a row at Ngā Manu Korero Nationals in 2013 and 2014. Sonny was spearheaded by the producer of the first ever rangatahi webseries Hahana with a deep passion for promoting Te Reo Māori and inspiring youth, he quickly accepted the challenge. From Hahana Sonny has presented, numerous media campaigns, and corporate promotions. While presenting Sonny directed and created Māori Television’s ‘Don’t be shy, korero mai’ Māori language week interstitials. Sonny has also been a director on Smooth, Hahana and has trained for directing on the new observational documentary ‘Intake.’ As an editor Sonny has edited shows like Hahana, Smooth, Tamariki Takeover, Tuatangata Levi and corporate video series as well. While Sonny has experience in production he has also had/has some influence outside, such as co-developing ‘Ahikaroa’ and a board member of Te Pae Tawhiti – strategic direction and reo revitalisation consultants to Te Mangai Paho.

Gabrielle Paringatai-Lemisio

Writer / Researcher (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Hine)

Gabrielle has experience across education, broadcasting and publishing. As an educator she taught in Māori-medium for four years before making the bold move to broadcasting where she began as a presenter of Youth Television shows such as Mai Time and I AM TV. She then progressed to researcher and writer for Good Morning and continues to write on a part time basis for television shows. As a publisher she has developed, written and edited various education resources ranging from non-fiction to fiction and for varying levels of the curriculum for both teachers and students in Māori-medium.

Maaka McGregor

Sound Producer / Engineer (Ngati Raukawa)

Maaka started out in the broadcast industry in 1986 as a radio operator. Since then he has produced work for many companies including Aotearoa Radio (HOD), RNZ, TV3, TVNZ, Channel 10 (AUS), Mana Māori Media, Takirua, Māori Television and Aotearoa Television (HOD). In 1999, he and his partner Mina Ripia started Minaaka Limited, a production company who specialize in audio post production, and sound design for movies, documentaries, and television. Maaka’s projects have won numerous NZMA’s, critical accolades and international recognition. The majority of the projects that he has worked with since 1986 have either won or been nominated for APRA, NZMA’s, Māori music awards or broadcast industry awards. Maaka also has a decade of experience in outside broadcasts, transmission, field sound and live sound. Being bilingual Maaka has the additional expertise and experience of producing and engineering Māori language contracts and productions.

Manukaroa Anderson

Development Executive (Ngati Wewehe)

Manukaroa has over 15 years experience working in transmedia storytelling. Skilled in producing factual and scripted content for television, film and digital platforms, she has experience in creative thinking, collaborative leadership, innovative business planning, content creation, story analysis, financial planning and reporting, and content curation.
Manukaroa is responsible for turning ideas into content, pitching and persuading others to share in the vision. She works closely with Fiona, liaises with clients, raises financing, recruits key talent and supervises the development process at Te Amokura Productions.