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Annabelle Lee-Mather

Producer, Journalist [Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Māmoe]

Award-winning journalist Annabelle Lee-Mather began her TV career on te reo Māori news show Te Kāea, when Māori Television launched in 2004. She worked for the broadcaster for 11 years, where she ended up executive producing current affairs show Native Affairs. In 2015, Lee-Mather — the daughter of politician Sandra Lee — moved to production company Great Southern Television to produce The Hui. One of her biggest success stories to date is creating hit reality show The Casketeers. 

I really love storytelling and the craft and camaraderie of making television. I still get goose bumps heading out into the field to shoot a good yarn with a great crew. Annabelle Lee-Mather, January 2020