Pio Terei MNZM

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Hair Black
Eyes Brown
Height 178cm
Age 66
Location New Zealand - Auckland

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, 2012


Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, 2012



Fishing, Full Licence, Guitar, MC, Presenter, Singer, Voice Artist


Chinese, Indian, Maori

Acting Experience

Feature Film

2005Number 2, 'Uncle Percy'

Numero Films Dir: Toa Fraser
2003Spooked, 'Tamati'

Silverscreen Dir: Geoff Murphy


2007The Man Who Lost His Head , 'Hemi'

ITV/South Pacific Pictures Dir: Terry Johnson
2001Spin Doctors, 'Uncle Tama'

Comedia Pictures Dir: Mike Smith
1995Letter To Blanchy: season II, 'William'

Isambard Dir: Various

Television Commercials

2018Fly Buys NZ

2014Smokefree Cars & Homes


NZ, 6 months
2013Constitution Review

NZ, 4 months


Television Appearances

2021Terei Tonight: season II (talk show), 'Host '

Maori Television
2020Terei Tonight (talk show), 'Host '

Maori Television
2019Kai Safari, 'Host'

Hikoi Productions
2018Off the Grid, 'Co-host'

2017Kai Safari, 'Host'

Maori Television
12-13Food Culture, 'Host'

Prime Television Dir: Various
05-13Tangaroa with Pio, 'Host '

Maori Television Dir: Various
09-13It's in the Bag! , 'Host '

Blue Bach, Maori Television Dir: Various
06-07Are We There Yet?, 'Host '

2003How's Life?, 'Regular panelist '

Greenstone Pictures Dir: Various

Voice Work

2023Century Batteries, 'Voiceover'


Live Performance

2008To Sir With Love: Howard Morrison Tribute, 'Host '

The Producers

MC / Speaker

MC / Speaker


Actor, After Dinner Speaker, Brand Ambassador, Broadcaster, Business Speaker, Comedian, Director, Entertainer, Host, Improvisor, Key Note Speaker, Live Performance Host, MC, Motivational Speaker, Musician, Panelist, Radio Host, Singer, TV Presenter, Writer


Pio’s numerous appearances as an actor, comedian, musician and radio and television host over the last few decades have established him as one of New Zealand’s most popular and personable entertainers and MCs.

His starring roles in locally produced shows such as Off the GridIt’s in the Bag, Tangaroa, Are We There Yet?, My Kind of Kai, Intrepid Journeys, How’s Life, Spin Doctors & Matuku have made him a familiar face with an appeal that spans generations, this further cemented by his titular role as the host of successful talk show Terei Tonight, deservedly Maori TV’s highest rating show of late. He has twice won Best Comedy Performer at the NZ Film and TV Awards, and was befittingly nominated for TV Personality of the Year at those same awards.

Pio’s many years of experience behind the scenes as a producer, company director and programme creator for Pipi Productions and 4 Winds Films has given him valuable business insights and built on his ability to relate to a wide variety of audiences.

Pio is a passionate Positive Parenting advocate and spokesperson. He has delivered live parenting shows with the Parenting Place around the country for over a decade, and continues to do this to this day.

Whilst Pio has certainly had an enviable career in the entertainment industry, he has built alongside this a very successful career as Speaker and MC. His very wide scope of interest and expertise, and easy and relatable manner is highly sought after by Government, Industry and Community groups alike.

Pio was deservedly appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List.

Past clients include:
Southern North Island Wood Council, Wood is Good, Foodstuffs, Century Yuasa, Grandparents raising Grandchildren, IPWEA, Rothburys, Eastland Wood Council, NZEI, School Executive Officers Association, Komatsu, Hunting & Fishing NZ, Massey University, Freeview, Tourism NZ, Auckland City Council, ATEED, New Plymouth District Council, Aka Tokerau, Manukau City Council, Manurewa Principals Association, NZSTA, Auckland University, Ingenium, Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, New Plymouth District Council, Cadbury, Diabetes NZ, Vector, Daimler Chrysler, Ministry of Social Development, Parents Inc, New Zealand School of Trustees Association, Te Papa Museum of NZ, Wairarapa DHB, Manurewa Enhancement Initiative, Smokefree NZ, Hamilton City Council, AMP, Injury Prevention Network Aotearoa, Te Pou (Mental Health Outcomes), Air New Zealand, Waitakere City Council, NZ Police, NZ Health & Safety, Road Transport NZ, Whitirea Polytec, Te Akatea Maori Principals Association, Kiwa Educational Partnership, Barnados, SADD, Coastguard, AA, Telecom, APPA, Refugee & Migrant Commission, Crown Forestry Trust & ALAC, Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, The Parenting Place.


I have been in the event management business for over 15 years and an MC is one of the top 5 items key to a successful event..Pio is one of the top 5 I have had the privileged of working with – easy to communicate with, professional and contributing over and above expectations.Looking forward to working with Pio again and again.

Prue Younger, Public Impressions

Pio has a unique ability to deliver that perfect balance of professionalism glazed with tasteful humour. He is incredibly easy to work with and his natural talent as an entertainer always provides added value outside of the core MC duties. Pio has a genuine depth to his character which enables him to connect with people from all walks of life. This special quality makes him a worthy addition to any event or occasion regardless of the audience.

Matt McKinnon, Century Yuasa Batteries

We have had the pleasure of working with Pio annually since 2010 with Pio being our MC for three conferences annually. Everyone loves Pio, the delegates surveys constantly rate him at 90% pus as very good /excellent. As an extension of Pio's skills and endeavours to ensure he is always kept abreast on issues relating to our industry, Pio continually researches the latest information so he can talk with confidence and clarity to our delegates. We have no hesitation in recommending Pio.

Marg Craig, The Conference Team

Pio Terei is the consummate performer! As a Conference MC, Awards Night Host or entertainer, we can always rely on him 100%. He’s a true professional and thoroughly reliable.Over the years we have worked with Pio he’s become increasingly valuable to conference organisers and clients with his knowledge and input into the conference programme.He relates well with audiences across a wide range of industry and corporate groups and always ensures he’s entirely relevant to each one. No matter what the occasion, I can thoroughly recommend you have Pio to MC your event. With his wealth of experience and an arsenal of great ideas, he’ll be sure to deliver justthe right experience for you.

Sherryl Hewlett, MD, Speakerlink

Pio was crucial to the success of the evening, and it was a huge success! Pio brought just the right balance of pace, humour, entertainment and gravitas to the occasion. It was a wonderful evening and all the more for Pio's contribution!

Trish Kable, AMP


Voice Characteristics

Retail, Narrative, Documentary, Character, Authoritative, Bloke, Comedy, Confident, Deep, Friendly, Kiwi, Upbeat, Warm

Natural Accent

New Zealand Maori