August 09, 2016
Rotorua accountant given MTS role
Te Arawa influence on Maori Television is set to grow with the appointment of Rotorua chartered accountant Glenn Hawkins to the board of Maori Television.
He replaces Donna Gardiner, who served two three-year terms.
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell also reappointed former National cabinet minister Georgina te Heuheu as the organisation's chairperson.
Other appointments are made by a separate electoral college, and in future will be made by the new Maori language body Te Matawai.
Ms te Heuheu says Mr Hawkins' significant governance experience across a range of companies, together with his background in finance and commerce will add welcome capability to the board.
Mr Hawkins has been a director of a number of companies and tribal entities, including Whakaue Holdings, Te Arawa Fisheries Holdings and Te Arawa Management Ltd.
A major decision facing the board is finding a new home for Maori Television once the lease expires on its Newmarket studio.
With Rotorua ruled out as an option, west Auckland seems most likely.
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