Awards and in the news


Māori Television’s Julian Wilcox and Mātai Smith have won the prestigious best presenter titles at the New Zealand Television Awards 2012.

Wilcox took out the award for Best News or Current Affairs Presenter as well as Best Presenter: Te Reo Māori, while Smith was named Best Presenter: Entertainment/Factual.  Wilcox, who was up against TV3 stars John Campbell and Mike McRoberts for the prized news and current affairs title, won the award for his role as presenter of NATIVE AFFAIRS.  A fluent te reo Māori speaker, he was also awarded Best Presenter: Te Reo Māori for his live coverage of the Venerable Dr Hone Kaa’s funeral in April.

Presenter Mātai Smith was recognised for his work on Maori Television’s flagship karaoke show, HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI, which he has hosted for the past three years.  Māori Television received 13 nominations across a number of categories for the television industry awards, which were given out at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.  The network also picked up awards for Best Popular Documentary (The Green Chain) and Best Māori Language Programme (Whare Taonga), which were both produced by Scottie Productions for Māori Television.

Māori Television chief executive Jim Mather said the entire whanau of Māori Television is extremely proud of the success of its presenters and independent producers.
“Our mission is to contribute to Māori success through promoting Māori language and culture, and these awards recognise that credible progress is being made towards that goal.
“As we head towards our tenth anniversary in March 2014, it is extremely fulfilling to witness the positive effect of Māori Television on both mainstream and Māori broadcasting,” he said.

Best Presenter - Entertainment/Factual
Mātai Smith
Homai Te Pakipaki
Māori Television

Best News OR Current Affairs Presenter
Julian Wilcox
Political All In
Native Affairs (Māori Television)

Best Popular Documentary
The Green Chain
Meg Douglas & Kathleen Mantel
Scottie Productions Limited (Māori Television)

Te Māngai Paho
Best Māori Language Programme
Whare Taonga
Meg Douglas
Scottie Productions (Māori Television)

Best Presenter: Te Reo Māori
Julian Wilcox
Native Affairs
Māori Television