May 08, 2017
Paora Maxwell to leave Maori Television
Maori Television chief executive Paora Maxwell has quit.
He says it was a difficult decision but changing family and business circumstances led to the need to dedicate his time to other commitments.
But Radio Waatea sources say he had lost support at board level, and the ousting of many long serving staff had affected morale in the organisation.
His appointment had subject of controversy after it emerged he had not been on the short list submitted by recruiters, who felt his history as a senior executive with Television New Zealand’s Maori programmes counted against him.
Mr Maxwell said it has been a tremendous privilege to have led Maori Television through a challenging era for the entire industry.
He prioritised the shift of content to multiple platforms including the transition to High Definition and changed he way decisions were made about programming.
He also managed the relocation to new premises in East Tamaki.
Maori Television chair Georgina te Heuheu thanked Mr Maxwell for his work and commitment to the service and wished him the best in his future endeavours.
She says the board will begin the process of recruiting a new chief executive and editor-in-chief later in the year.
Mr Maxwell will remain as chief executive until the end of August 2017 and will remain with Maori Television till the end of the year in a consultation role.
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