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Maraea Rakuraku

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Producer and presenter of Te Ahi Kaa

I te taha o tōku mama
Ko Whakapunake te maunga
Ko Wairoa Hopupu Honengenenge Matangirau te awa
Ko Tanemitirangi, ko Ngāti Mihi ōku hapu
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi

I te taha o tōku papa
Ko Maungapohatu te maunga
Ko Tauranga te awa
Ko Ngāti Rere te hapu
Ko Tūhoe te iwi
Ko Maraea Rakuraku tōku ingoa.

Maraea Rakuraku grew up listening to the children's programme on National Radio every Sunday morning, more often than not while tucked alongside her Nanny's ancient radiogram and fighting with her brothers for control of the dial. So, when she started at RNZ seven years ago she was a little shocked starstruck when she heard some of those same voices in the corridors, and encountered what has become an occupational hazard – voice recognition. This has been tempered by a listener who, to Maraea's horror, recognised her laugh at a public event, leading to occupational hazard number two: can’t pronounce the name but can recognise the laugh.

Maraea came to radio broadcasting through the RDU at Canterbury University, filling in on the Māori students' radio show while studying. A couple of degrees later and when living in Auckland, a two year voluntary stint on talkback (Nga Mane Aute) at Radio Waatea followed, interspersed with periods hosting a three hour programme on KFM Radio.

Maraea joined Radio New Zealand in 2006 as co-producer/presenter of the Kaupapa Māori programme Te Ahi Kaa, a role shared with Justine Murray.

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