E-Tangata is an online Sunday magazine run by the Mana Trust, which is dedicated to building a stronger Māori and Pacific presence in the New Zealand media.

The website is not-for-profit and is largely a labour of love by a part-time team of accomplished journalists and writers who want to see, throughout the mainstream media, a more balanced and better informed reflection of New Zealand lives and issues.

We’re doing our part by specialising in stories that get to the heart of what it means to be Māori or Pacific in Aotearoa.


The first five-day introductory journalism course for Māori and Pacific students was held in 1980, at Pendennis Hostel in Thorndon, Wellington. That’s E-T co-editor Gary Wilson, who created and ran the courses, in the back (in the tie and white shirt). Among those who attended the inaugural course is Tapu Misa, E-T’s other co-editor (second row, long hair), as well as others who went on to have long careers in the media, including Lois Turei, Sonya Haggie, and Sharon Hawke.


Although E-Tangata was launched in late 2014, our whakapapa goes back to 1980, when Gary Wilson, E-T’s co-founder and co-editor, ran the first of a series of practical, five-day introductory journalism courses for Māori and Pasifika students.

That series, which carried on through much of the 1980s, was backed by the New Zealand Journalists Training Board and the Department of Māori and Pacific Island Affairs, after a national survey showed that less than two percent of Kiwi journalists were Māori or Pacific Islanders. In other words, the industry was seriously white.

The goal of the courses was to make the journalism industry much browner — and better able to cover Māori and Pacific issues fairly and accurately.

Those introductory courses gave more than 200 students a taste of journalism — and led to more than 50 finding their way into television (like Mike McRoberts, Susana Lei’ataua, and Maramena Roderick) or radio (such as Niva Retimanu, Gideon Porter, and Sefita Hao’uli) or print (Nui Te Koha, Lois Turei, and Tapu Misa).

Then, in the early 1990s, Derek Fox, Piripi Whaanga, and Gary set up Mana Māori Media, which began feeding radio news and current affairs stories — in reo Māori and reo Pākehā — to RNZ and to the network of iwi stations. It also launched and, for 10 years, published Mana magazine, which, at its height, had 150,000 readers.

That partnership came to an end in 2004.

But by that time, the Mana Trust had been set up as a charitable organisation with the aim of helping strengthen the Māori and Pacific voices in the media. The Tindall Foundation lent a generous hand to that kaupapa, as it has continued to do.

The trust was chaired by the late Nin Tomas, an associate professor of law at Auckland University — and the other trustees were two senior journalists, Wena Harawira and Tapu Misa, and Maureen Wilson, a significant figure in education. Judy McGregor, a former newspaper editor, media professor, and EEO Commissioner, helped out as an advisory trustee.

After a flurry of projects in the first few years, the trust lay low for a time, before returning to the fray in 2012, with Stacey Morrison, Tapu, and Gary as trustees, and, a little later, Dale Husband as well.

Late in 2014, again with the backing of The Tindall Foundation, the trust embarked on this E-Tangata website project.




E-Tangata wouldn’t be here without the generosity of its friends and supporters.

The Tindall Foundation funded the launch of the E-Tangata website at the end of 2014, and since then has provided a strong foundation for us to build on by supporting us for a further three years (ending in May 2019).

Koha: We’ve been blessed to have many generous friends and kindred spirits who’ve supported the cause by way of koha columns, professional advice, second-hand furniture, and even cash.

Bridget Williams Books: The award-winning Wellington publisher has been an active supporter of our kaupapa. They also published our first collection in April 2017, The Best of e-Tangata.

Radio Waatea and E-Tangata are longtime friends and continue to support each other’s kaupapa.

Our readers: E-Tangata was among the first journalism websites to sign up to PressPatron, a New Zealand crowdfunding platform that makes it easy for readers to support websites like ours with regular and one-off contributions. Currently, we have 77 contributors who give every month to E-Tangata. If you’d like to join them in supporting E-Tangata’s kaupapa, just click the ‘Become a supporter’ button at either the bottom or top of the page.




Gary Wilson


In the 1980s, Gary ran the introductory journalism courses that helped to steer scores of Māori & PIs into journalism. Gary’s journalism career began more than 60 years ago. He’s worked for the Auckland Star and NZ Herald, taught English at St Stephen’s School (in the ’60s), and been a journalism tutor at the Auckland Technical Institute (now AUT). In 1990, he co-founded and then ran Mana Māori Media, which produced Māori news & current affairs for RNZ and iwi radio stations. It also created Mana magazine, which Gary edited for more than 10 years.

Tapu Misa


Tapu was born in Samoa and grew up in Porirua, Wellington. She became a journalist after going to one of Gary Wilson’s introductory journalism courses, in Wellington, in 1980. He put in a good word for her at the Wellington Polytechnic journalism course, and then at the New Zealand Herald, in 1982. Tapu has worked for a number of magazines, including North & South, and for Mana Māori Media, where she also wrote for Mana. She was a Herald columnist for 11 years, and served on the Broadcasting Standards Authority from 2002 to 2010.

Erana Fenton

Erana (Te Uri o Hau, Ngāti Whātua, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pikiao) is boss of the website. A technical tutu and award-winning artist, she has recently returned to her kāinga tūturu on the Kaipara Harbour, where she lives off-grid in the small coastal town of Tinopai with her husband, kids, dog, and chickens. Before then, she’d spent more than 25 years in broadcasting and media production for radio, TV, magazine, newspaper, and website development, both nationally and internationally.

Simone Kaho

Simone Kaho

Simone is a digital strategist, author, performance poet and director. Her debut poetry collection Lucky Punch was published in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Communication Studies from AUT, and a master’s degree in poetry from Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. She’s also a recent graduate of South Seas Film & Television School. Simone MCs at Poetry Live, a community event in Auckland that’s now in its 38th year.

Hannah Bodger-Kearns

Hannah organises and researches our interviews from Aria in the King Country, where she lives with her whānau. She has a degree in media arts majoring in communications, a diploma in journalism, and a certificate in photography. Hannah was a researcher for Eye to Eye with Willie Jackson and worked at Radio Waatea as a journalist and breakfast show producer. Hannah is Ngāti Maniapoto, Waiora hapū, with aromatic top notes of English-Irish origin and a crisp full-bodied floral base of American-Hungarian from her mum.


Dale Husband

Dale (Ngāti Maru mum, Pākehā dad) is widely known as Radio Waatea’s Breakfast Show host. But he shines,too, as a newsreader, an emcee, TV sports commentator, singer — and, perhaps above all, as an interviewer. No other journalist has ever been as courteous and as adept at encouraging so many Māori and Pasifika guests to relax and tell their stories. His interviews have been the mainstay of E-Tangata, week by week.

Moana Maniapoto

Moana Maniapoto (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao, Ngāti Pikiao) works across the arts as a musician (Moana and the Tribe), documentary producer (Tawera/Black Pearl Productions), writer, and self-proclaimed Toi Ātete (artivist). She was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Moana has released five studio albums, written countless columns, and is an advocate for te reo and te ao Māori.

Māmari Stephens

Māmari Stephens (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Pākehā) is a senior law lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. She is a part of the Legal Māori Project that produces resources such as He Papakupu Reo Ture—a Dictionary of Māori Legal Terms, the first of its kind.

Moana Jackson

Dr Moana Jackson (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou) is a Wellington-based lawyer. He specialises in the Treaty of Waitangi and constitutional issues. He was the convener of Matike Mai Aotearoa, the Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation.

Kennedy Warne

Kennedy Warne is the co-founder and former editor of New Zealand Geographic magazine and the author of Tūhoe: Portrait of a Nation, published in 2013. Kennedy has written extensively about the connections between people and place, past and present, both in Aotearoa, the Pacific and elsewhere. He lives in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Nadine Anne Hura

Nadine Anne Hura is a researcher and writer of Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi and Pākehā whakapapa. Her essays explore themes of language, biculturalism, identity and belonging.

Joanna Kidman

Joanna (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa) is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Victoria University of Wellington. She was born in Rotorua and moved to Wellington when she was seven years old. She loves the eastern coastline of the city and in the weekends she can often be found walking along the shore or peering into rock pools.

Wena Harawira

Wena (Tūhoe, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui) has worked in Māori media and communications for more than 30 years. But even with all that experience, she must be bullied by the E-T team to supply stories. She uses patchy mobile reception in Taneatua where she lives and priority time with her mokopuna as poor excuses for dodging us. Wena currently works as an archivist for the Bay of Plenty iwi of Waitaha and as an oral historian for Taiwhakaea, the Ministry of Culture & Heritage Treaty Stories Project.

Andrew Robb

Andrew is a former reporter with Mana News and Te Kāea in Wellington. He’s been involved with Te Reo Māori Society, Ngā Kaiwhakapūmau i te Reo and Te Ūpoko O Te Ika radio station, worked in parliament as an adviser to the Māori Party, and is now going to seed on a small farm in Central Hawke’s Bay.

Victor Rodger

Victor is an award-winning writer of Samoan and Scottish descent. He was born in Christchurch, and his plays include Sons, My Name is Gary Cooper, and Black Faggot which has toured nationally and internationally. His television credits include Shortland Street and This is Piki, while his short story Like Shinderella was featured in the acclaimed anthology, Black Marks on the White Page. His essay Voyage Round My Father was included in The Best of E-Tangata.

Laura Toailoa

Laura is from Saoluafata, Samoa and Manurewa, South Auckland. She studied English Literature at Victoria University of Wellington and is continuing her love affair with reading and writing here at E-Tangata and elsewhere online. She was co-editor of Victoria University’s student magazine, Salient, in 2017,

Stacey Morrison

Stacey (Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa) is a radio and TV broadcaster, and is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Māori Centre for Māori Language Excellence. In 2016, she won Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori’s champion award for Te Reo Māori. Stacey and her husband Scotty have been foundation members of the community group Māori 4 Grown Ups.

Richard Pamatatau

Richard became a journalism academic at AUT University after more than 20 years in print and public radio. He teaches writing, media law, public reporting, ethics, and Pacific reporting in under and postgraduate courses. He is researching social media, death, and the intersection between identity and representation.

Christine Ammunson

Christine is a former journalist and press secretary. She’s the strategic communications expert behind the award-winning campaigns “That’s Us”, “Give Nothing to Racism”, and “Never Again/ E Kore Anō”, the call for an inquiry into the abuse of New Zealanders in state care. She lives in rural Wairarapa and works in Wellington.

Patrick Thomsen

Patrick Thomsen was born Auckland. He holds the matai title of Seutaafili from the village of Tauese in Samoa. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Auckland and an MA in International Studies from Seoul National University. He’s currently a PhD candidate at the University of Washington in the US, and is conducting research in South Korea.

Graham Cameron

Graham is a doctoral student in theology at Otago University. As members of Ngāti Ranginui, he and his whānau live in Tauranga Moana and are active in supporting their marae, hapū and iwi. He writes regularly on issues relating to tāngata whenua.

Steph Matuku

Steph spent 15 years writing radio advertising before deciding to branch out and write pieces that were longer than 30 seconds. She has a special love for writing stories for children and young adults, and has written for film, magazines, and theatre. Her first fantasy novel for young people, Flight of the Fantail, will be published by Huia Publishers. She lives in Taranaki, has two children, a messy house, and lots of books.

Susana Lei’ataua

Susana works across multiple platforms as a writer, presenter, and arts administrator. She was the New Zealand Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2008. Susana is part of the Lei’ataua and Taupa’u families of Manono, Samoa, and her mother’s family has been in Aotearoa New Zealand since the 1870s.

Morgan Godfery

Morgan Godfery

Morgan — Te Pahipoto (Ngāti Awa) and Lalomanu (Sāmoa) — is a writer and activist based in Wellington. His work has been published by The Guardian, The Spinoff, VICE, and Overland Journal. He also edited The Interregnum: Rethinking New Zealand, published by Bridget Williams Books in 2016. Morgan graduated in law at Victoria University in 2015. He sits on the board of the Centre for Legal Issues at Otago University and is an associate at The Workshop, the public policy think tank.

Julian Wilcox

Julian (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa, and Tūwharetoa) is the chief operating officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. He’s an award winning broadcaster, who was the head of news and production for Māori Television.

Caley Wilson

Caley’s focus on sports writing stems from his time as a competitive swimmer, athlete, and footy player — and from his communications work with the Kiwi rugby league team and the Mystics netballers. And his interest in producing Māori and Pasifika stories for E-Tangata has been a natural consequence of his family’s strong links with Pukekohe, Patumahoe, St Stephen’s, Wesley College, AGGS, Mana magazine, Māori television and the E-T project.

Pala Molisa

Pala is Ni-Vanuatu. He went to Nelson College, and studied law and accounting at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). He’s a lecturer at VUW’s School of Accounting and Commercial Law, Victoria Business School. His PhD, “Accounting for Apocalypse”, looks at how accounting helps to reinforce the social inequalities and financial and ecological crises produced by global capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy and other related systems of power.

Miriama McDowell

Miriama McDowell

Miriama (Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi) is an award-winning actress and director, and proud alumna of Auckland Girls’ Grammar. Her work ranges from stage to screen and even radio. She expanded her repertoire with her directorial debut of Much Ado About Nothing (set in the South Pacific) at the Pop-up Globe in 2017. She won Best Actress at the Moa Awards in 2017, for her role in film The Great Maiden’s Blush.

Sefita Hao’uli

Sef was born in Tonga and came to New Zealand in the late 1960s as a scholarship student to attend Auckland Grammar. He was a print as well as radio and TV journalist, and helped to set up and run the Auckland Pacific Island Community Radio Trust, which launched Radio531pi — a fully community-owned radio station catering for Auckland’s Pacific communities. He also led the creation and launch of NiuFM in 2002 and was the station’s founding general manager.

Steve Deane

Steve is a former NZ Herald sportswriter who is now the sports editor for Newsroom, where he produces sports investigations and analysis.