The Island Base team is made up of a unique set of leading individuals from across the broad social spectrum with creative members from the arts and broadcasting as well as the more formal roles needed such as a lawyer and accountant. The four trustees represent the pillars of a fale to hold it up and the board then forms a strong roof and governance structure and to help facilitate a fun but also safe space for our rangatahi, mentors and community alike. Together we share our perspectives, voices and accountability for the Trust.

With over 100 years of combined industry experience we produce and collaborate with a wide range of organisations to create work which serves to engage, equip, entertain, inform, educate and celebrate our communities and families.

TRUSTEES

 

JAZZ ZIEDAN

Managing Director Base FM/ Island Base Trust

Born in Egypt, raised in Germany, living in NZ and with years in Samoa as well, Jazz is a true Child of the world. Making Aotearoa & Samoa her homes of choice, Jazz is a DJ, Artist and Youth Mentor herself, connecting people and the sounds of the South Pacific in particular.

With a Masters degree in Media Management & Media Production, Jazz has grown the Base brand not only into a well-respected radio station nationwide but also a crucial platform for up and coming as well as established artists – and now using that network for educating the next generation through music and with a strong focus on Pacific people.

YANNIKA TAVAI

Content Producer – Base FM, Change Manager – Banzpay

Born in Auckland City, but of Niuean, Cook Islands and Samoan descent, Yannika also adds a pacific flavour to the Island Base team and wears many hats such as Cultural advisor, DJ, Videographer and Content coordinator.

Yannika’s love of music pushed her to change careers from working in corporate IT for over 10 years and into the music industry in late 2018. She studied Artist Management at MAINZ, is a current member of the Music Managers Forum, works with MADCAP as an Artist Liaison and most importantly, is a full time Mum to her precious little one, Aiko.

CHRIS HARTNETT

Humanitarian Engineer – WASH (engineers without Borders)

Growing up at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges has given Chris a deep appreciation for the environment and for connecting with cultures that maintain a close bond with the whenua. Most recently this took Chris to Vanuatu for two years where we worked in rural water supply development (through VSA), as well as hosting a few DJ events and recording local musicians along the way. Now Chris continues in this spirit by mentoring rangatahi from South Auckland in giving them their first taste of radio hosting on

DANIEL GOLDFINCH

Pacific Advisor

Born and raised in Apia, Dan comes from a strong bloodline of Samoans. Having run his own company in the islands growing up, he gained valuable experience for both, business & personal. Dan lives and breathes the Fa’a Samoa way of life through and through. Family means everything to him. He is a key anchor for many of his people, here and there.

ADVISORY BOARD

 

 

DAVID ELDER

Broadcasting NZ/Pacific
Managing Director – DECompl3x

 

SIMON WILSON

Business
Director – RDT Pacific

 

MIKE RANDALL

Business
Director – RDT Pacific

 

CALEB HENSMAN

Solicitor
Partner – Russell McVeagh

 

KYLE POPHAM

Youth Mentor
Director – Koa Production

 

JORDAN KIGHTLEY

Accountant
Finance Manager – Ministry of Defence

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