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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

With a fresh focus and new look for 2008, Marae returns for its 16th year as the only bilingual current affairs programme on New Zealand television.

For 15 years, Marae has been New Zealand’s window on the Māori world, telling stories through Māori eyes. In 2008, Marae will refocus its lens on current events and issues impacting on Māori here and around the world.

Hosted by political journalist Shane Taurima, with reporters Arana Taumata, Tahuri Tumoana and Marire Kuka in the field, Marae carries on with its commitment to the portrayal and observation of tikanga me te reo Māori and will continue making its contribution to the nurturing and promotion of te reo me ona tikanga Māori via television broadcasting.

Sunday 2 March, 11.00am on TV1

New Zealand television’s longest running Maori current affairs programme – having first broadcast live to air in 1992 – returns for 2008. Hosted by parliamentary press gallery journalist Shane Taurima.

Tuesday March 4 at 10.30 PM on Maori TV

Starting Monday, March 19 at 8:30 PM

New Zealand television’s longest running Maori current affairs show – MARAE – will premiere on Maori Television on Monday March 19 at 8.30 PM.

Produced by Television New Zealand’s Maori programmes department since 1992, the weekly one-hour programme is presented by award-winning journalist Shane Taurima (Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata).

Taurima is a Parliamentary Press Gallery reporter and a finalist at the 2006 Qantas Media Awards for Best News or Current Affairs Presenter for the MARAE post-election special.

Taurima conducts the live studio interview while reporters Potaka Maipi, Tahuri Tumoana, Arana Taumata, Stephanie Pohe and Kingi Kiriona – with support from field producer Neil Parker and researchers Victor Allen and Aroha Mane-Wheoki – work together on the field stories.

Freelance reporters Reuben Collier, Aroaro Tamati and Cushla Tangaere also produce stories for the long-running programme whose hosts have included Tini Molyneux, Elle Hughes, Te Rangihau Gilbert, Hone Edwards, Moko Tini, Derek Fox and Arana Taumata.

Producer Derek Wooster says the new series of MARAE – now in its 15th year – will build on its long-standing reputation of “generating light not heat”.

“We want to push back the boundaries of our mission statement – ‘Te taumatua karere Maori’ – to set the standard for cutting edge current affairs for Maori by Maori.

“It’s our obligation to our viewers and most importantly to those who trust us with their stories.”

MARAE will screen on Maori Television every Monday night at 8.30 PM from Monday March 19.

MARAE – Monday March 26 at 8.30 PM

Cutting edge current affairs – for Maori by Maori. MARAE is New Zealand television’s longest running Maori news and magazine show, having first broadcast in 1992, and is hosted by Parliament press gallery journalist Shane Taurima.