A high-ranking Maori journalist at TVNZ has left his job presenting current affairs show Marae after the broadcaster announced plans to restructure the show.
Shane Taurima handed in his resignation after TVNZ laid down plans for a re-shuffle in the ranks which would see seven positions lost with the same number re-advertised.
Taurima, who also holds the editor position for TVNZ’s daily news show Te Karere, will step down from his presenting role on Marae but will look to continue his employment at the broadcaster in other forms.
When plans were first suggested, Taurima threatened to quit if another presenter was added to the show, but TVNZ and the show’s financial backer Te Mangai Paho ignored his threats and have shown support for the changes to be made.
A final decision is set to be made in mid-July.
Te Mangai Paho chief executive John Bishara praised Taurima for his work on the show to date, saying he would be a loss.
“He is a star in Maori television today.
“If he’s truly leaving I believe he’s going to something better – I don’t think he’d make a dopey decision.
“It’s always a shame to see people leave.
“He’s really good but then again he might be going to something better. I wouldn’t hold him back.”
Source: NZ Herald