May 29, 2019
Strategic move puts Shane Taurima at top of Māori Television
Shane Taurima has been appointed chief executive of Māori Television, effective immediately.
Mr Taurima, from Rongamaiwāhine and Ngāti Kahungunu, has been acting in the role since December when Keith Ikin stepped aside, after being brought into the organisation in a strategic planning role.
Mr Taurima was head of Television New Zealand's Māori and Pacific unit until he was forced to resign over using a TVNZ room for a Labour Party meeting.
He went on to work as the press officer for Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell and contested Tāmaki Makaurau for the Māori Party in the 2017 election.
Māori Television board chair Jamie Tuuta says Mr Taurima brings 25 years of industry experience in radio and television broadcasting at the forefront of Māori and mainstream media with a passionate commitment to the development of Māori, te reo and culture.
He says it's a time of change for Māori Television as new trends and technologies drive innovation, disruption, and opportunities for growth in media and entertainment.
Mr Tuuta says the Māori Television board conducted a thorough selection process over the last four months.
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