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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 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.
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 media company, and has worked in both profit and not-for-profit sectors. Natasha has consulted 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 is currently a Trustee for The Boys Hut Trust.
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 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.
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 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.