May 29, 2018
Room for more Maori on RNZ
The new chair of Radio New Zealand would like to see the state broadcaster working more closely with iwi radio and with Maori Television.
Jim Mather has been appointed to the role after five years heading the largest Maori tertiary organisation, Te Wananga o Aotrearoa.
Before that he was chief executive of Maori Television.
Dr Mather says Radio New Zealand is a strong bastion of robust journalism that is critical for democracy, and it has also shown a commitment to reflecting New Zealand’s diverse populations, including Maori.
While, there is an opportunity to strengthen Radio, New Zealand’s commitment to te reo Maori, it can never replace iwi radio, despite the differences in funding.
"There is a passionate commitment to iwi radio by Maori communities but we are keen to work with all Maori media, iwi radio stations as well as Maori Televsion, see what the opportunities are there," Dr Mather says.
He’s pleased to see journalist Shannon Haunui Thompson appointed to a new role in Radio New Zealand as Maori strategy manager.
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