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Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble

Producer [Te Arawa, Mataatua, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pūkeko]

Twenty-five plus years spent working in Māori tourism proved valuable when Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble moved into television production. The Rotorua local was used to managing people and events, so making TV shows was a natural fit. Now general manager for Kura Productions, Waaka-Tibble has produced nine seasons of children's te reo show Pūkoro, as well as big screen docudrama Maui's Hook.    

It’s been interesting and challenging that after travelling to many cities around the world promoting New Zealand and Māori, that the hardest place for Māori is here in New Zealand – our own country. Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble reflects on her years performing overseas