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Background

Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited (PCBL) was established in April 2015. It is a New Zealand government initiative, that is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Pacific Cooperation Foundation with the overall aim to build stronger relationships in the Pacific region by supporting the media sector.  Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited (PCBL) aims to support Pacific free-to-air broadcasters through delivering more New Zealand originated content that can be rebroadcast to their local audiences and encouraging the production of local content via the provision of field equipment and training.  Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited (PCBL) will send a variety of programme content that includes sports, news, current affairs, documentaries, and entertainment via satellite IS19.

PCBL TEAM

Natasha Meleisea, General Manager

Natasha Meleisea

Natasha brings more than 20 years of business marketing experience to the organisation with 15 years specifically in media and advertising. She is a director of a marketing consultancy, and has worked in both profit and not-for-profit sectors.  Natasha consults to commercial and public sector organisations that have a focus on engagement with Maori and Pasifika communities.  Natasha has held senior management positions, was a co-owner of one of Auckland's largest radio stations Mai FM, and currently Chairs The Boys Hut Trust.

PCBL Board of Directors

Gary Monk, Chairman

Gary Monk

After graduating from Auckland University Law School in 1976, Gary became involved with the seafood industry and established his international seafood trading company, Intersea Ltd in 1983, which continues to export seafood throughout the world. Gary is the former Chairman of Mathias International Ltd, a long established Auckland based international trader of meat and other proteins to over 60 countries including a strong presence in the Pacific (2000 – 2012). He is also the non-executive Chairman of New Zealand Light Leathers Ltd of Timaru, a specialist tanner of farmed deer skins, supplying luxury deer leather to international fashion houses across Europe, North America and China. (2004 – present). Gary is Chairman of BNZ Partners Auckland North (2010 – present), and a former director and chair of the Audit Committee of Radio New Zealand (2009 – 2015). Gary chairs the Balance Clearview Steering Group, Primary Growth Partnership and is a nonexecutive Director of Lee Fish New Zealand Limited, marketer and distributor of fresh chilled seafood throughout the NZ domestic market. He became a member of the Institute of Directors in 2009 upon completion of the Certificate in Company Direction course. He is a life member of the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust and a founding trustee of the St Patrick’s Day Golf Charitable Trust. In 2010 Gary was awarded the North Shore City Council Civic Award for service to the Community and was inducted into Enterprise North Shore, Business Hall of Fame. In 2015 Gary received the insignia of an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to the seafood industry and the community. Together with his wife Lesley they support a number of local charity and community support groups.

Rick Nelson

Rick Nelson

Rick Nelson is the General Manager of Air New Zealand’s Cargo Division, a position he has held since 2007. Air New Zealand Cargo is a global business and Rick’s responsibilities encompass; National and International Cargo Sales and Operations, Health and Safety, and regulatory compliance. Rick has a passion for, and extensive experience in, the Pacific Region. He spent his first six years with Air New Zealand as the New Zealand and Pacific Islands Regional Cargo Manager where he worked closely with various Pacific Government Agencies, Freight Forwarders, and the Pacific Export and Import communities. Rick holds qualifications from both the Universities of Canterbury and Auckland and he is a member of NZ Institute of Directors and a member and Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tony O’Brien

Tony O’Brien

Tony, one of New Zealand’s best-known government relations experts, came to New Zealand from the UK after a successful career in international publishing.  Tony joined SKY Television in 1991 and for 23 years worked across the business including as Commercial Manager, Business Manager, Government Relations Manager, Director of Communications and SKY’s first Director of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs.  Tony represented SKY on a range of external bodies including the Advertising Standards Authority and the NZ Broadcasting Sector Government Advisory Group. He also chaired the Marketing & Communications Committee for the NZ Digital Television Switchover. In 2012 Tony was appointed to the board of Antarctica New Zealand. In April 2015, he was appointed as a trustee/board member of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation.

Annemarie Browne

Annemarie Browne

Annemarie is CEO of Aspire2 Business, part of the Aspire2 Group, one of New Zealand’s largest private education groups. With over 25 years’ experience in the broadcasting industry across multiple geographies, she has held senior sales, marketing and content positions at ITV, Channel Seven, TV3 and TVNZ. Annemarie has also worked extensively in the digital sector, as Country Manager for SEEK New Zealand and until recently, as Global Marketing Director for Orion Health. Annemarie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and has held industry positions on the Advertising Standards Board, the Marketing and Communications Committee for Digital Switchover and the Television Commercial Approvals Board.

 

Caren Rangi

Caren Rangi

Caren is of Cook Islands Maori descent - Rakahanga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Mangarongaro. She has a Bachelor of Business Studies in Accountancy from Massey University, is a qualified chartered accountant and in 2015 was made a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.  Caren is an experienced governance practitioner, having chosen to apply her professional, community and cultural skills and experience to a range of governance roles over the last 14 years, to ensure that a Pacific (Cook Islands) voice is heard at decision-making tables. She is a member of the Institute of Directors. She has had past Board positions on the National Pacific Radio Trust, and served for six years on the Broadcasting Commission (New Zealand On Air).  Caren is currently an associate of the Centre for Social Impact, working in the philanthropic sector, specialising in governance. During 2016, Caren’s service to governance and work on boards was recognised with the awarding of a New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Award.

Her current governance roles include; Deputy Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand (Creative New Zealand), Independent Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Broadcasting Commission (New Zealand on Air), Deputy Chair of the Eastern & Central Community Trust, Member of the Charities Registration Board and Director of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation in Rarotonga.

Rachel Skudder

Rachel Skudder

Rachel has worked in Pacific education and development for over 18 years and is a Director at BEST Pacific Institute of Education, New Zealand’s largest Pasifika-focused tertiary education institute with a Pasifika student body of over 2,500 students across 5 campuses in Auckland.  A lawyer and a teacher, Rachel is committed to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of Pacific people and is Co-Chair of RAISE Pasifika, an Auckland Pasifika Education Advocacy Group and is active in other community advocacy and Pacific advisory groups. From Tongan and Greek lineage, Rachel brings a unique cultural perspective and experience in working with Pasifika communities in New Zealand and the Pacific region.

 

Peter Kiely

Peter Kiely

Peter Kiely is the Chairman of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, appointed in 2010. He is a graduate of the University – Bachelor of Laws (1981) and Bachelor of Arts (1982). Mr Kiely is a former Pro Chancellor of the University of Auckland and has been a member of the governing body of the University of Auckland since 2009 and was appointed Pro-Chancellor from 2012 to 2014. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the University’s Europe Institute. He is a Barrister and Solicitor by profession in private practice in Auckland.

In 2000 he was appointed Honorary Consul for the Slovak Republic in New Zealand and this year was appointed Deputy Dean of the Consular Corps of Auckland as the most senior Honorary Consul resident in Auckland.  Mr Kiely is a member of the International Development Advisory and Selection Panel (IDASP) which provides advice to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the New Zealand Aid Programme’s direction, priorities, and approaches to development and reviews applications to the New Zealand Partnerships for International Development Fund. From 1996 to 2001 Mr Kiely was Chairman of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Advisory Committee on External Aid and Development.

He is Chairman of the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust established by funds received from France in recognition of events surrounding the destruction of the “Rainbow Warrior” Greenpeace vessel in 1985. The funds are allocated in the Pacific for a range of development and conservation projects.  He was a founding and inaugural member of the NZ Papua New Guinea Business Council in 1993, the French NZ Chamber of Commerce in 1992 and of the NZ Europe Business Council in 2007 and former President.

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