Creating connections among Iranians in Aotearoa, Te Ao Iran presents a half hour of Persian culture with news and current affairs, commentary, interviews and music.
Passionate about community empowerment and bringing different communities together, Shahram is committed to living in a multicultural New Zealand and believes in the ability of community radio to connect people. Shahram has worked at Radio New Zealand Concert for the past fifteen years, taking on various roles including Programme Coordinator, Music Producer, Music Scheduler and Music Librarian. He is also a musician, composer and songwriter and leads a Wellington-based band called ‘Sounds Like Us’, playing music from around the globe.
With a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology and Master's in Human Resources Management, Arezou is a lifelong learner when it comes to mental health, self-awareness, art and art therapy; finding meaning in all aspects of life as well as working in the corporate world. She is happiest practising photography and getting just the right angle on her subject, listening to good music or getting lost in a deep and meaningful movie.
Hoda came to New Zealand with her husband in 2009 to pursue study in Plant Pathology at Lincoln University. After graduation, she worked as a researcher at Bio-Protection Research Centre, Christchurch, where she also volunteered with the Iranian Community in running Toranj, a Persian language radio programme. Mum to a five-year-old and working full-time for Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), she applies her technical expertise to protecting New Zealand’s biosecurity, ensuring a better world for future generations.
An Auckland local, Majid is a full-time factory worker with a wide range of interests and a love of helping others. His hobbies include cooking, reading, and watching sports, as well as getting out for a walk or to visit friends. When he’s not listening the latest sports news he enjoys music, and has a particular passion for Persian classical music.
Parisa’s passion is working with children, making them happy, teaching them new things and creating a better world for them. She is a mother of two and moved to New Zealand in 2013. A woman of many talents, Parisa has experience in acting, teaching, design, and arts, and has recently started telling bedtime stories for kids.
A teacher assistant with 20 years experience, Mouzhgan works with kids with diverse needs and backgrounds. A busy mum, weekends are all about family, but she remains a very social and active member of the community both on and offline. A tutor of Persian language and dance, she enjoys introducing Iranian arts and culture to others. Mouzhgan loves sports, especially swimming, enjoys wildlife moves, and is always up for party.
A writer, poet, and ontology researcher for the last 20 years, Frough holds a Bachelors degree and Masters degrees in English literature and in sociology. Now Auckland-based, Frough has lived in Iran and India, and having spent 14 years studying Eastern philosophy and the art of living, she now works as a life coach. She has published six collections of poems and short stories, and has written many articles on the values of life.