December 07, 2020
Award highlights gaps in broadcast industry structure
The winner of the Te Māngai Pāho Te Reo Māori Champion Award at this year's Women in Film and Television awards says what's important is now just the use of the language but being able to say where it is used.
Stacey Morrison was shortlisted for the award alongside Mihingarangi Forbes and Nevak Rogers.
She says they have all made important contributions to the industry.
"Mihingarangi has a different experience and she was already a speaker by the time people started to know about her, and Nevak's advocacy comes in ways that is structural and really important in terms of leadership and I think that's where we need to look as well, to have Māori in places in broadcasting in where they genuinely are in charge of the narrative," she says.
Stacey Morrison says when she appeared on television she was derided as a token Māori butchering the language, so she has come a long way since then.
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