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Teremoana Rapley MNZM



"I see broken systems everywhere, and for me to understand things better, I need to understand that system and how it’s come about. Its history is important. Whakapapa always is."


Trustee, National Pacific Media Trust

Trustee, Haututū


Independent Spirit Award, Taite Music Awards


Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit Queens Birthday 


Taite Music Prize (Moana and the Moahunters) 


Inductee, Aotearoa Music Hall of Fame (Upper Hutt Posse) 


Board Member, Independent Music New Zealand


Taite Music Prize (Upper Hutt Posse) 


Board Member, Women in Film and Television NZ


Minister, Universal Zulu Nation Tāmaki Makaurau Chapter


Tangireka Awards, Cook Islands.  (For 20+years of service)

A neurodivergent award-winning beat-making rapper; Teremoana has spent over 25 years in senior roles in television, music, and events; she has worked in over 15 countries with her family-owned event production company; managing multi-million dollar budgets and teams of up to 120 people; serving community, corporates, local and central government agencies.


In 2017 she began working at Auckland Councils’, The Southern Initiative unit co-leading the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Ministry for Pacific Peoples collaborative human-centred Pacific Peoples Workforce Challenge.


She joined the Creative Industries team at Tātaki Auckland Unlimited from 2020-2022 as the Lead Strategist and sole writer for the region’s 10-year work-plan, Create Auckland 2030, completed in September 2020 and launched in May 2022.

In 2021, she was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for 25 years of service to music and television.

She currently sits on the Minister-appointed board of the National Pacific Media Trust, and Māori and Pasifika Tech Careers Activation Trust, Haututū.

Teremoana is a Black Moana Sovereign Storyteller and the Matri-architect of The Hefty Agency.

To support your next project, event, service or product we specialise in the following:

  • Human-centred Impact Design

  • Holistic System Design

  • Systems-Shift Design (social, economic, environmental)

  • Scoping Reports, Investment and Business Cases

  • Linear and Niche Broadcast Programming Design

  • Event Architecture Design

  • Data Collation and Insight Synthesis

  • Desktop Project Research

  • Strategy Planning and Implementation Design

  • Facilitation Workshops

  • Transmedia Communications Design

  • 30+ years ‘Creative Portfolio’ 

  • Prescribed Procurement Design

  • Strong Editorial Skills

  • Creative Event Design and Architecture

  • Mission-focused Design

  • Continuous Improvement Data Design

  • Logistics and Operations Management

  • Cross-Department Team Management

  • Equity Accessibility Design

  • Stakeholder Relationship Management


What is indigenous intelligence?

To bring your whole self to the table is a phrase that can be used flippantly or with purpose, of course we choose the latter.

From this purview, by looking from multiple perspectives, we approach challenges acknowledging that everything is interconnected.

Remember; we all live within a system.

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