Larry Summerville

Programme Manager (Auckland)

With over 40 years of experience in commercial radio, 20 of those in the Auckland marketplace (one of the most competitive in the world), Larry is well-known nationally and internationally as an outstanding broadcaster and station manager.

Larry was the recipient of the USA Radio Wayne General Manager of the Year Award in 1996. Under Larry’s guidance, More FM Auckland won Metropolitan Station of the Year at the NZ Radio Awards in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003 – making Larry and his team a force to be reckoned with. Larry and the team at More FM also won the Best Place to Work in NZ Award in 2004. Larry was also awarded in 2007 the NZ Radio Award for Outstanding contribution to Radio.

It’s now back to the future for Larry, finally using his Diploma in Teaching, Bachelor Broadcasting Communications and experience, as a tutor at the New Zealand Radio Training School, Whitireia.

Kim Adamson

Announcing and Production (Auckland)

Kim has over 40 years’ experience in radio. In that time he has won over 20 international and national radio awards.

Kim has been a breakfast radio host for over 25 years and was part of the long-running More FM Auckland’s Breakfast Show Kim and Corbett for 16 years (he was the “Kim” bit in that).

He has also been Programme Director for Radio Hauraki, & Triple M 89 FM, Creative Director Radio Hauraki, and produced radio legend Blackie.

Kim is now imparting his ridiculously vast knowledge to the lucky students of the New Zealand Radio Training School. His skill set includes on air, with his technical skills in production and programming also coming to the fore. Having started in the vinyl days, Kim has seen it all and he’s a hell of a nice guy, too.

Myrddin Gwynedd

Journalism Tutor

Cyfarchion i chi ac i holl ddinasyddion y byd (Greetings to you all and the citizens of the world).

Myrddin is our token Welshman (Welsh is his first language). He arrived on New Zealand soil in 2006, and continued to work in the medium that he truly believes in: journalism.

A print-trained journalist, Myrddin has spent time working as a reporter and editor for community newspapers, dabbled in PR, and transitioned to working online in the year 2000. He worked for the New Zealand Herald as their online entertainment editor, and was also their resident gossip guy for a number of years.

He joined the New Zealand Radio Training School in 2014, having previously taught new media journalism at the AUT.

Peter Mcilwaine


Peter has spent almost 40 years of his life working in radio. Gaining a foot in the door as an Accounts Trainee with the NZBC in Hamilton at 18, he went on to become an Announcer in diverse markets such as Gisborne, Auckland, Wellington, Canberra – Australia, Palmerston North, Napier and the Hibiscus Coast. Apart from hosting every show possible, including Breakfast and Drive in the big smoke, Peter has been a Network News Reader, Programme Director, Creative Writer and Account Manager.

He’s been sharing his knowledge and keeping his love affair with radio alive since 2008 at the the New Zealand Radio Training School.

Rāniera Winikerei

Poutoko Tikanga Māori (Cultural Adviser)
Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Koroki-Kahukura

Rā comes from a Māori broadcasting background with more than 12 years experience in the Iwi Radio Network. He’s been involved in and responsible for Māori language and cultural programming, programme directing, production management, on-air training and more. Rā is totally committed to the revitalisation, promotion and retention of the Māori language and culture. He’s a fluent speaker of the Māori language, and is grounded in tikanga and kawa (traditional Māori customs and protocols).

Rā is currently the Remote Programme Director for Te Reo Irirangi o Maniapoto (MFM) based in Te Kūiti.

Nicole Willis

Iwi Radio Administrator

Nicole was a late comer to radio and has loved every minute of it. She trained at the New Zealand Radio Training School in 2002 and graduated just before taking on a job in the Black Thunders at ZM in Wellington. Nicole took over as ZM Wellington Promotions Manager in 2005 and enjoyed working on some big promotional projects like the Lions Tour, Wellington Sevens and Vodafone campaigns.

Motherhood beckoned in 2008 and now she has three small children who have the most well-organised birthday parties in the universe. Nicole has been working at the New Zealand Radio Training School since 2009.

Nicole administers our very popular Iwi Training programmes.


Jono Manks

Programme Manager (Wellington)

Jono is a five-time NZ Radio Award finalist, including in 2015 where he was acknowledged for his contribution to training new broadcasters. Jono has been with the New Zealand Radio Training School for over 12 years and is still active in the industry as a weekend announcer, podcaster and voice-over artist.

Jono can help you unlock your creativity, personality and voice for broadcast.

Ed Paterson

Senior Tutor (Wellington)

After graduating from the New Zealand Radio Training School and beginning his broadcasting career in Wellington over 20 years ago, Ed is thrilled to be back in the capital, having worked for a number of stations in New Zealand and Australia. Most recently, Ed was the Creative Director for Mediaworks Manawatu, home of the highly successful 92.2 More FM Manawatu and Mike West in the Morning Breakfast Show.

As well as Creative Writing and Production, Ed has experience in announcing and promotions, and brings with him a wealth of current industry knowledge and enjoys a regular stint on Wellington’s Breeze radio station.

Veronica Harwood

Administration (Wellington)

Often the very first face you’ll see when you visit our Wellington campus – Vero is on hand to assist you with any enrolment or day-to-day needs you may have while studying with us.

Originally from Chile, Vero graduated in Public Relations before working for a Chilean media company. She then decided to explore the world working for South America's largest international airline. Her travels, and a handsome Englishman, brought her the other side of the Pacific.

Since 2009, Vero has been supporting Whitireia departments including Performing Arts and the New Zealand Radio Training School – she’s also a proud mum.

Tarsha Tolson


Award winning radio broadcaster Tarsh Tolson has been an on-air voice around the country for 15 years for The Edge and, more recently, the MORE FM Network. As well as training Iwi broadcasters around Aotearoa, Tarsh works closely with our Wellington students to develop an on-air brand that works.

Ryan Edwards


Through a rich experience as a broadcaster, writer, presenter and communicator, Ryan has learned how to resonate in the right way with the right people. By establishing great relationships, by observing, and by learning, Ryan has been able to apply his skills as a creative thinker and writer. He understands how to take information and translate it into something that is meaningful to the target audience.

Ryan works with our students in the areas of Multimedia and Brand Engagement.


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