Rukuwai Tipene-Allen

Rukuwai Allen

Rukuwai is a Multimedia Journalist and Online Media Monitor for Te Ao Māori News. She has also worked on Te Kaea, Kawekōrero and Rereātea. 

Rukuwai joined us for her Mahuru challenge last year posting up content regularly about how she’s going and we look forward to seeing more of her again this year.

Rukuwai started her career in iwi radio at Te Hiku Media in Kaitāia. There she worked as a radio host on Te Hiku’s political show, Taumatahanga, she presented regional and national livestreams and produced regional content for Māori Television (Ngā Pari Kārangaranga) and NZ on Air (Haukāinga).

Rukuwai first joined the news team in 2018 as a reporter for Te Kāea in our Auckland team. She became a regular panellist on Māori Television’s current affairs show Kawekōrero and went on to present both Kawekōrero and Te Kāea where needed.

Rukuwai then returned home to work alongside her people. She has returned to Māori Television and has since worked across Te Taitokerau as the Northland-based reporter and is now in Wellington getting her teeth stuck into politics ahead of the upcoming general elections.

Nikau (second from left in front row) with his cohort at Puketeraki marae. Nikau’s flatmate Nic Sinnott (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is in the centre holding a taiaha. Nic introduced Nikau to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Kia tika te reo – Doing it Right and Continuously Improving

Te Pīnakitanga o te reo Kairangi graduate Nikau Reti-Beazley (Ngāpuhi), enrolled in the Level 7 Diploma in Ōtepoti to improve his grasp on te reo and what he discovered was not only a new extended whānau to practise kōrero, but also an opportunity to visit some of the stunning marae in the wider Otago area.

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