March 27, 2014
Paora Maxwell; secured MTS top spot
The board of Maori Television has appointed Paora Maxwell as the station’s new chief executive.
The appointment was announced to staff this morning by board chair Georgina te Heuheu.
The move comes after months of controversy, including a petition by staff opposed to the appointment and the resignation of entrepreneur Ian Taylor from the board because of his concern over the process.
Mr Maxwell, from Ngati Rangiwewehi, started his television career in 1988 as a children’s programme producer.
He has held a variety of roles in the industry, including a spell as general manager of TVNZ's Maori and Pacific unit.
That ended last year, but the Maori Television board opted not to take up an offer from TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick to discuss the reasons for Mr Maxwell leaving his role.
He is also a past chair of Nga Aho Whakaari, the umbrella body for Maori working in film and television.
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