Matai Smith (Kaiako)
After a very positive and successful Mäori Language Week in 2007,Mätai Smith stayed on as our resident Good Morning kaiako/teacher and celebrates his eighth year with the show in 2014.
Mätai grew up in Gisborne before moving to Auckland and has worked in television for 16 years. He started with TV ONE's Marae, before moving into children's television as a presenter on the ground breaking one hundred per cent Maori language children's show Pükana .
He then spent nine and a half years presenting and also eventually producing this award winning show.
In 2005, 2006 and 2007 Mätai scored a hat trick winning the award for Best Te Reo Mäori Male TV Presenter at the annual Mäori Media Awards.
Anyone with a pätai (question) for Mätai can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org