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Sonia Yee is a third generation Chinese-New Zealander.

Born in Christchurch, she has a BA in film, media and literature (Canterbury University), and is also an alumni of the prestigious Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, where she graduated as an actor.

While studying as an actor, Sonia dreamed of finding a place where she could 'perform behind the curtain' and eventually found herself at RNZ in 2008 where she took it upon herself to produce an ambitious 5-part series as her first project. Working on gut instinct and her theatre devising background, her series came to life – The Golden Tide looked into the evolution of the Chinese community in New Zealand and was soon picked up for broadcast in Hong Kong and China.

Sonia is a passionate, creative storyteller and a specialist in long form content. She has produced a wide range of documentaries and stories covering the arts, social history, science, fashion, lifestyle and more. Current podcasts include:Untold Pacific, Only Human and Eyewitness.

Early in her career she was awarded an RBA New Zealand Radio Award for Best New Broadcaster - Journalist (2010). She is also an international award winning producer with three New York Festival Radio Awards under her belt, including a Gold Trophy (2019) for producing Beyond Kate - a stylized in-depth, 8-part documentary series celebrating 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.


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