Maori Television

maori-tv-logo-300pxExperienced programme maker, writer and actor Waihoroi Shortland has been appointed to the Māori Television board.

Mr Shortland’s appointment and the reappointment of Piripi Walker were announced yesterday by Te Pūtahi Paoho, an electoral college that represents Māori stakeholder interests in the governance of Māori Television.

Māori Television board chair Hon Georgina te Heuheu says she welcomes Mr Shortland’s appointment. “Waihoroi will bring immense value to the boardroom,” she says. “He is both a native speaker of te reo with extenstive expertise in te reo me ōna tikanga, and he has a wealth of experience in front of and behind the camera,” she says. Continue reading »

maori-tv-logo-300pxMāori Television has today announced the appointment of two new senior executives to the positions of Head of Content (Te Tumuaki Hanga Hōtaka) and Head of Corporate Affairs (Te Tumuaki Ratonga Rangapu).

Rick Osborne has been appointed Head of Corporate Affairs. Mr Osborne brings significant corporate affairs expertise and a strong commercial background working with some of Aotearoa’s most well-known companies including Fonterra, Air New Zealand, Telecom and the Bank of New Zealand. He’s also a former CEO for the Communication Agencies Association of New Zealand. More recently, he was Fletcher Building’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs. Continue reading »

julian-wilcoxMāori Television has confirmed the resignation of Head of News and Production Julian Wilcox.

Mr Maxwell acknowledged Mr Wilcox’s significant contribution to Māori Television since joining the organisation in 2004.

“Julian has been at Māori TV since the beginning of our first broadcast and to many he is the face of Māori TV. Julian’s experience across journalism and production, his passion for te reo Māori me ngā tikanga and his superlative presenting skills means that he will be sorely missed here at Māori Television,” said Mr Maxwell. Continue reading »

julian-wilcoxThe restructure of Maori Television has already claimed one victim with Carol Hirschfeld’s departure to Radio New Zealand yesterday and today we might learn if Julian Wilcox is also leaving.

Mr Wilcox, who is the station’s general manager of news and current affairs, will meet Maori TV chief executive Paora Maxwell today to discuss whether he will put his hand up for a newly created head of programming and production role that absorbs his old job.

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Carol HirschfeldRadio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson has announced that Carol Hirschfeld, the former General Manager Production for Maori TV, is to join Radio New Zealand as Head of Content and Radio New Zealand Networks Presentation Manager, John Howson, has been appointed to the new role as Head of Radio.

This news comes on the back of restructuring at Maori Television and Hirschfeld’s decision not to accept the position of head of internal productions or to apply for the role of head of programming and production at the organisation. Chief Executive Paora Maxwell has acknowledged her contribution to Maori Television since joining the organisation in 2009. Continue reading »

julian-wilcoxA few months ago, Maori Television’s Julian Wilcox was rumoured to be considering standing for the Labour Party in the Tamaki Makaurau seat but is said to have turned it down due to no guarantees he would win and didn’t want to put his job at state broadcaster on the line. Now, it seems it wouldn’t have mattered anyway as the restructure has left the award winning foundation employee and face of the channel without the job he left his role as host of Native Affairs for.

Along with Wilcox is former 3 News and Campbell Live producer, Carol Hirschfeld. Together, they’re the most experienced and respected hands at Maori Television so why they’ve been the biggest casualties of the restructure seems entirely bizarre.

They’ve been offered lesser roles within the new restructure. Continue reading »


A proposal for the strategic alignment of Māori Television has received the support of the organization’s Māori and Crown stakeholders.

Chief Executive Paora Maxwell said support for the proposal was received following a briefing on Friday.

Mr Maxwell said stakeholders expressed their support for the strategic direction and the principles of the proposal, in particular its intent for a multi-media approach to the future and also a refreshed focus on Māori language and culture. Continue reading »


Auckland’s inter-club rugby league championship competition returns to Maori Television for a fifth year, starting on Saturday 14 June at 3.30pm.

Over the next 12 weeks, host Te Arahi Maipi, commentator Dale Husband and Rusty Matua will cover two games from rounds 10 to 18 of the FOX MEMORIAL SHIELD premiership, followed by play-off games and LIVE coverage of the grand final game. Continue reading »

julian-wilcoxMaori Television has confirmed that their head of News and Current Affairs, Julian Wilcox, is not seeking political office for any political party in the general election.

In a statement, Chief executive Paora Maxwell said:

MTS accepts Mr Wilcox’s written statement and we will continue to value our editorial independence in providing impartial and independent news coverage of significant regional and national stories from a Maori perspective.

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shane_taurimaDespite being found to have misused TVNZ resources and despite the Labour Party Council vetoing Shane Taurima’s candidate selection, the Tamaki Makaurau electorate committee still support the embattled former broadcaster as their man to win the seat in the upcoming general election.

And now it starts to get messy. Former Labour MP, John Tamihere, has raised questions on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report about Labour Party President, Moira Coatsworth’s meetings with Maori Television’s Julian Wilcox. Continue reading »