Our Team

Larry SummervilleLarry 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 Auckland’s NZRTS, Whitireia Polytechnic.


Kim AdamsonKim Adamson
Announcing and Production (Auckland)

Kim has over 40 years’ experience in radio (read that again) – 40 years 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 NZ Radio Training School. His skill set includes on air (obviously) with his technical skills in production and programming also coming to the fore. Having started in the vinyl days (that’s records not trousers), Kim has seen it all and he’s a hell of a nice guy, too.


Myrddin GwyneddMyrddin Gwynedd
Journalism Tutor (Auckland)

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 NZRTS in 2014, having previously taught new media journalism at the AUT.


Peter McilwainePeter Mcilwaine
Tutor (Auckland)

Peter has spent almost 40 years of his life working in radio. In other words … a “lifer” and proud of it!

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 NZRTS.


Rāniera WinikereiRāniera 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.


Jono ManksJono Manks

Programme Manager, Announcing + Podcasting Tutor (Wellington)

Jono is a four-time NZ Radio Award finalist, including in 2015 where he was acknowledged for his contribution to training new broadcasters.

Jono has been with NZRTS for over 10 years; he comes from an on-air background and has worked at many stations around NZ.  Jono can still be heard occasionally on More FM & The Breeze in Wellington.

Among the other ways Jono keeps his ‘hand-in’ is through voice-over work as well as his self-produced Podcast ‘NERD Zealand’.

Jono can help you learn the craft of Broadcast Presentation – a role which takes a lot of work but, when done well, is made to sound easy! 


Jono ManksEd Paterson

Senior Tutor (Wellington)

Ed is the newest member of our team at NZ Radio Training School.

After graduating from NZRTS 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.

For the past 11 years, Ed has been 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 some new jokes –  which is good, because Jono’s have gotten pretty old.


Nicole WillisNicole Willis

Iwi Radio Administrator (Auckland and Wellington)

Nicole was a late comer to radio and has loved every minute of it!

She trained at NZRTS 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 is the administrator for both the Auckland and Wellington Campuses and can help you out with enrolment, Studylink, Public Trust, Student support. Even if she can’t help she will be able to point you in the direction of someone who can.