Whenua Issue 16

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With PKW Shareholder Representative Darryn Ratana and PKW Trust Chair Hinerangi Edwards in front of the new Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth

It might have been a cold and windy August day to meet up at the Rewarewa Bridge by the Waiwhakaiho River but Bernie O’Donnell made the journey from Auckland with his whānau so that Whenua had the opportunity to share his story. Being immersed in Māori broadcasting, “It’s all part of a five year plan I have Bernie understands the importance of

at this time – to complete this study

an interview, especially when he is still and potentially do a Masters in pinching himself that he has become the latest recipient of the Charles Bailey Scholarship for 2015.

“You know I’m really very honoured”,

Commerce – who knows, maybe even

Given that Bernie’s earlier working

life was spent driving forklifts he has

come a long way in his own personal and professional development to be

a PhD. Somewhere along this pathway now working in a completely different I want to find a way to repay PKW

role as a manager.

credentials behind me I know it will

“It was my aspiration to learn our

to Taranaki, to find a way to make a

like rongoā (medicine)’, says Bernie.

Trust’s investment in me. With those

admits Bernie. “It is so humbling in the give me the confidence to come home language that drove me, for me it was truest sense of the word, but I know this recognition comes with a lot of responsibility.”


It’s been more than a decade since

A responsibility Bernie feels more than Bernie and wife Kura moved their ready to take on as he undertakes his

family from Taranaki to Auckland to

Diploma at the University of Auckland

the country’s leading Māori Radio

two-year Māori Business Development take on the opportunity of working at School of Business.

station, Radio Waatea based in Mangere.

“I started my journey doing night

classes once a week at Rangiātea with Te Kauhoe Wano as my very first tutor. That learning ignited in me a passion for our Reo and to a degree, opened my eyes up to opportunities I had never ever considered before.”