Maori Television names Mihingarangi Forbes as new Native Affairs host

NativeAffairsMihingarangi Forbes has been named as the new host for Maori Television’s Native Affairs, taking over from Julian Wilcox.

“She has a fantastic on-screen presence and she’s not afraid of asking the hard questions. This appointment not only signals the depth of talent we have at Maori Television, it also reinforces our commitment to producing quality news and current affairs,” said Wilcox.

Forbes, who joined Maori Television in 2012 as a producer of its daily news bulletin, Te Kaea, said she is looking forward to being in front of the camera again for Native Affairs.

“Native Affairs is committed to covering issues from a Maori and indigenous perspective. For me this is an exciting opportunity to tell important stories that aren’t being told elsewhere, alongside a team of experienced journalists.”

Forbes has 18 years’ experience in the television industry working as a journalist and producer for TV3 and TVNZ, where she began her career in Maori broadcasting.

In 2008, she won a Qantas Award for ‘Best Reporter for Daily Current Affairs’ when she was working for TV3’s leading current affairs show, Campbell Live.

Forbes is not the only new face on Native Affairs in 2013. Former TVNZ journalists Ruwani Perera and Billie-Jo Ropiha joined the programme last month, working with reporters Semiramis Holland, Iulia Leilua, Adrian Stevanon and Renee Iosefa-Kahukura.

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