Our Team

Eruera Rerekura – Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Ruaka
Te Kaiwhakahaere hōtaka: Programme Director

Eruera began his broadcasting career while still at St Augustine’s College (Now Cullinane College) as a 15 year old on Awa FM in its first year 1991. After that, he trained as a Journalist at NZ Broadcasting School worked at Te Korimako o Taranaki, and then going on to work at Radio NZ for ten years as Manu Korihi lead Māori reporter. He then transitioned to television news, as Political reporter based at the Press Gallery for Te Karere, Television NZ, a role that he held for five years . During this time he also found time to work at the prestigious Wellington iwi radio station, Te Upoko o te Ika as breakfast host and also on their flagship weekly current affairs show. Erueras’ return home as Programme Director has been a journey that has now come full circle.

Tema Benjamin Hemi – Ngapuhi, Ngati Ruanui, Ngaruahinerangi, Taranaki Whanui, Te Iwi Morehu.

Kai Pāpaho, Te Manawa Piharau – Breakfast Show Host

Tema started his broadcasting career at Te Reo Irirangi o Whanganui AWAFM in 2007 as the stations breakfast show host for 10 years. He also took up the role as Programme Director of the station from 2015-2017. In 2018 Tema transitioned into the position of general news reporter for the Whakaata Maori News Service – Te Kaea and Te Ao Marama News. In 2019 Tema was offered the position of political journalist for Whakaata Maori in parliament’s press gallery. A position he held onto until his return home in 2023. Tema has also worked at Te Reo Irirangi o Te Upoko o Te Ika and Te Reo o Rangitaane Kia Ora FM as an announcer. Tema has also been a reporter for the Te Taihauauru regional news service Te Reo o Te Uru. Tema is passionate about working in the broadcasting industry and is grateful to be back at the station where his broadcasting career started almost 20 years ago.

Rima Ririnui (Ngāti Tuera, Ngāti Hineraro)
Te Kaikaute: Administrator Kāi pāho Kanikani: Lunch Dance hour host

Rima our administrator also doubles as the Awa FM lunch hour R & B maestro. She has a background in local and national government administration and joined Awa FM in 2010. Based in Ratana Pā her whakapapa to Te Awa Tūpua includes iwi and hapu from the moungā all the way to the sea. On her Ririnui side, she also close ties to her Tauranga family. Although her son is now an adult, Rima remembers well the fundraising voluntary work for their local Kohanga reo and traces her interest in Whanganui reo music to growing up with Native te reo Māori parents.

Moana Ellis (Uenuku, Tamahaki, Tamakana, Tūwharetoa, Kahungunu)
Local Democracy Reporter Awa FM

Moana is the first Māori journalist to be appointed a Local Democracy Reporter in Aotearoa and the first full-time journalist at Awa FM. She has worked in New Zealand, England and Wales as a journalist and sub-editor, and in communications. A mum of three, she is from the middle and upper reaches of the awa and has worked for her Waimarino iwi in Treaty settlement. She has held a number of governance roles including for the Whanganui Regional Museum board and Tikanga Māori House, Mākaranui Marae, Raetihi Marae and Uenuku.

Ngāmetua Areaiiti (Mangaia, Cook Islands)
Kai paho Rarotonga: Cook Islands language show Saturdays 5pm – 6pm 

Ngā was born and raised on Mangaia, the southernmost island of the Cook Islands, South Pacific. His Saturday show takes in the news and events of the local Whanganui-Manawatū Cook Islands community. A proud Papa and grandfather of Te Awa Tupua mokopuna, he is also a well known ukelele player. His show is one of the longest running Cook Island radio shows in Aōtearoa after he took over from Papa Tom and Mama Nina who broadcast the show for over 22 years on Awa FM.

Ben Seru (Fiji)
Ngā Kai Pāho Fiji: Fiji language show Saturdays 6pm – 7pm

Silo emigrated to Whanganui – Manwatū region over 25 years ago from her village in Fiji. Well-known in local Pasifika circles due to her advocacy for supporting Pasifika women survivors of domestic violence, she is joined by fellow Fijian Ben Seru who works as a social worker for Te Oranganui. Together they bring the Voice of Fiji from Whanganui show each week for their regional and national fellow Fijians.