Bernie Whelan

Programme Manager

Bernie has more than 30 years experience in journalism. He joined Whitireia in 2010 from APN’s stable of community newspapers in Wellington, the Citylife group including Cook Strait News, Independent Herald, Porirua News, Kapiti News and Wainuiomata News. His previous posts with APN were as editor of the daily Horowhenua-Kapiti Chronicle and sports editor of the Wanganui Chronicle. Bernie started his career in Whanganui before spending 15 years in Australia where he worked in Perth on the Sunday Times, The West Australian and The Kalgoorlie Miner, and for four years ran his own media relations and freelance writing business.

"I’ve had some amazing experiences in this industry – such as working on the Mt Erebus crash edition as a cadet in Whanganui, being part of a team launching a Sunday newspaper colour magazine in the mid-80s in Perth, running my own business, being a sports writing one-man band in Wanganui, being an editor, leading the development of a modern approach to weekly community newspapers with the Citylife group, and working closely with journalism students in Wellington."

Ana Tapiata

Specialist teaching - radio, Māori issues, te reo Māori, political issues, local and national government

After three decades in journalism, communications and public relations, Ana is the full-time tutor on the Whitireia radio journalism programme. She spent seven years with Radio NZ, before moving to work for the first Māori-owned national news service, Mana Māori media.  After moving to Wellington, she worked for five years across the Communications and Māori teams at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, followed by an eighteen month stint as the press secretary for the Minister of Māori Affairs, before working for two years as a senior communications advisor for Te Puni Kokiri, the Ministry of Māori Affairs.  Over seven years as a contractor, she split her time largely between making He Rourou, the only Māori language programme on National Radio, and promoting the National Network of Stopping Violence Services.  In 2010, she started work at Whitireia to develop and run the radio journalism programme, and became a full time staff member in 2012.  Ka mau te wehi!

Destina Munroe

Shorthand tutor, specialist teaching - teeline shorthand
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