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Staff Profile Craven Noble

No Waikato, no Taranaki oku maatua
Ko Ngāti Koroki / Kahukura me Ngāti Ruanui nga hapū

Born in Cambridge, early schooling in Nelson & Blenheim, a two year stint at Hato Paora College then headed back to Blenheim. Brought up in Kapa Haka through Primary & Secondary schools then on to district competitions in the South Island, then became a tutor and guitarist for the 1974 Commonwealth Games and 1975 NZ Games and a performer with Te Kotahitanga at the 1975 Polynesian Festival.

After Joining the NZ Army in 1976, and several postings and Tour of Duties, I was finally posted to Linton Camp. A short five year period in the services, then I became a Prison Officer at Linton Prison. From there moved on to doing some study at Massey University, and completing a B.A. with a double major in Māori Studies and Media Studies.

Since graduating I have held acting HOD positions in several colleges in the Manawatu Region. I have held several positions at UCOL around Māori student support and retention.

My passion is still in the area of Māori Development through learning.

I have been at KIA ORA FM since 2013. I host the breakfast show from 8-10am then from 10am-12, I try to engage our listeners with current issues of the day.


Staff Profile Lequan Meihana

Tena koutou katoa,

My name is Lequan Meihana and my iwi affiliations are Ngāti Apa, Whanganui, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Tuwharetoa and Ngāti Maniapoto.
I grew up in Ratana Pā with my mum, dad, brother, sister and grandparents and have strong connections back to the Ratana whānau. I did my schooling at Ratana School and St Augustines College (now known as Cullinane College) in Whanganui before engaging in tertiary study with Te Wānanga o Raukawa where I gained my Degree in Te Whare Tāpere (Literary Performing Arts), Iwi and Hapū Studies and Mātauranga Māori (Māori Studies). I will be completing my Masters papers at Te Wānanga o Raukawa in 2017.

I spent 13 years working at Awa FM in Whanganui between the years 2000 and 2013 before moving to Palmerston North with my partner and our 4 children to take up a Broadcasting and Community Liaison position with Kia Ora FM in 2014.

Last year as part of my work I completed my Foundation Certificate in Broadcasting and will be doing my Diploma in Broadcasting in 2016. I currently host the afternoon drive show The Vibe on Kia Ora FM 89.8 every weekday from 2pm-5pm as well as doing a lot of work within the community and around the region.

Nga mihi nui kia koutou.


Staff Profile Lisa Check

Kia ora my name is Lisa my role here at Kia Ora FM is Programme Director I have been here since 2001, I have lived in Papaioea all my life and I am of Rangitāne descent.

I come from a large whānau we were bought up in Highbury with 5 older brothers 1 older sister and 1 younger sister I am the second the youngest, I am married with 3 children my two eldest are grown and we were blessed with our baby in 2013 I also have 1 moko.

One of the best things about my job is I get to programme good music all day!! Every day!!
Nga mihi


Staff Profile Nate Maniapoto

E rere kau mai te Awanui, mai i te kahui maunga ki Tangaroa. Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au.

As the river flows from the mountain to the sea, I am the river and the river is me.

Kia ora koutou, I’m Nate Maniapoto, Production Manager and Broadcaster here at Kia Ora FM 89.8

I first got into the radio industry back in 1996 working at Ski FM in Ohakune but it would be several years later before I would come full circle and join the industry again through the Iwi Radio Network. I was born and bred in Whanganui, spent a couple of years up in Hamilton and Ohakune before moving to Palmerston North in 1999. I’ve been here ever since.

I have completed my Foundation Certificate in Broadcasting and will be doing my Diploma in Radio Journalism in 2016.

I am also a qualified Security Guard with a current Certificate Of Approval and I also volunteer once a month on Palmerston North’s Community Patrol.

I enjoy and appreciate all genres of music, having been raised listening to Motown, Country and Soul. My own personal musical tastes are definitely 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the early 2000’s. This is clearly shown on my Friday Night Music show, The Overtime Show, which airs every Friday from 5pm – 8pm.


Staff Profile Peter Cleave

Peter Cleave was born in Manurewa and has been broadcasting for many years on Kia Ora FM in Māori and in English.

He has a Bachelor, a Masters and a Doctorate from Oxford University and currently is a Digital Visiting Professor at AUT.
Passionate about sport Peter was Captain of his First Fifteen at Manurewa High and the Captain of the Oxford University Rugby League Team.

Peter Cleave also loves music and frequently plays guitar in Palmerston North and the wider Manawatū.

Peter broadcasts in te reo for two hours a day during the week on his show, Te Ao Whanui. Also he has Sports with Pete and The Dance Hour on Saturdays.