August 11, 2016
Limited budgets not stopping tv talent
The newest member of the Maori Television board comes to role with an understanding of the financial challenges facing those who produce the channel’s award-winning content.
Glenn Hawkins, a Rotorua accountant with 20 years experience working with Maori tribal, farming and community organisations, was shoulder tapped by Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell for one of the crown slots on the board.
He’s coming in with eyes open.
"Our experience with independent producers, some clients we've had, is it is for far less money. It's really unfortunate. Really that they are being asked to produce the same product as mainstream channels for far less dollars. That's really disappointing but we still get some pretty amazing work coming out from people like Lara Northcroft and Cliff Curtis and others. It's fantastic to see people like Piripi Curtis producing really good material on what is a limited budget," he says.
Glenn Hawkins says he’s keen to make a contribution to Maori Television’s role of promoting and protecting te reo and tikanga, especially as it starts putting its content on new platforms.
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