Skip Navigation LinksHome > About > Our Team
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.