Our Board

Planet FM is an Incorporated Society. Our Committee of Management is made up of current and former broadcasters.

  • CHAIR: Richard Leckinger

    As a Master of Science in Renewable Energy, Richard has worked as a ministerial advisor and policy analyst. He renews his own energy through yoga, meditation and sailing. The ability to stay calm under fire served him well during the five years he spent supporting Doctors without Borders in war zones. He migrated from the U.S. in 1992 and is delighted to call Auckland home.

  • SECRETARY: Pratima Devi Nand

    Born in Fiji, Pratima became a Kiwi in 1976.  A founding member of the Fiji Women’s Society, Pratima is a smoke-free co-ordinator and a busy community networker. She works as a translator, interpreter and civil marriage celebrant. Her passion for cooking led to the production of cooking DVD’s and plenty of treats for her three grand-daughters.

  • TREASURER: Baptist Lobo

    Born in Mangalore, Baptist was brought to Mumbai aged just 6 months. There he lived, was educated and worked.  He is a NZ qualified chartered and certified public accountant who is on the path to becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster. His interests include playing bridge, music and dance and twice a week Baptist volunteers as a trainer encouraging people to be active using Bollywood music for exercise.

  • Beate Matthies

    Born in Germany, Beate came to NZ in 2010. She is passionate about social justice, community development, ecumenism and interfaith. Time out for Beate is trying new recipes, good conversations with friends, reading, or watching a meaningful movie. She misses the ballroom dances of Europe, but takes pleasure in our natural world. 

  • Dr. Lakshman Sockalingam

    Dr.Lakshman Sockalingam has been teaching English as a second language since 1981 at various levels.  His Broadcasting experience spans more than twelve years and he is passionate about promoting Tamil Language and culture, both on-air and off. He holds a PhD in ESL Education from Washington International University.

  • Lucia Davies

    Lucia previously worked with a unit of radio Cluj Napoca Romania. Lucia is ‘in love’ with radio and her programmes are full of good news and music.  She is a mum of two young boys, works in community development and still finds time to serve on the Management Committee of Planet FM.

  • Tina Lanifole

    Tina is one of the founding members of Leo He Fakaalofa Noa Niue; has anchored and produced the 95 minute weekly show since 1997. Tina believes the outreach of the church and their radio broadcasts are vital in maintaining community connections and welfare. It's been a family effort, with her late husband, Fata, and now daughter Fia, providing panel operations.

  • PATRON: Joan Lardner-Rivlin

    Joan Lardner-Rivlin, QSM began presenting Radio Shalom in 1998 and served as both a programmer maker and committee member for thirty years, many of them as Chair. Her love of radio centres around its ability to keep members of the community connected, for people to tell their stories and to share their music, enthusiasms and opinions. Joan has always been deeply engaged in community work.

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