E tautoko ana ahau i ngā mihi kua mihia. E mihi ana ki a koe e Te Minita, te kanohi o te Karauna, te hoa hautū i tēnei taonga, i Whakaata Māori. E mihi ana ki te Kīngitanga, tēnā rawa atu koutou. Rau rangatira mā, ngā iwi katoa kua tae mai ki tēnei huihuinga whakahirahira – nau mai whakatau mai.
It is a great honour to have you all here today on this auspicious occasion. Whakaata Māori was launched 13 years ago on March the 28th in Newmarket. It marked the first phase of our development as the indigenous television broadcaster of Aotearoa.
Māori Television formally opened its new premises at 433 East Tāmaki road, south Auckland early this morning - in a ceremony attended by the Minister for Māori Development Hon Te Ururoa Flavell and other Members of Parliament, iwi, local community representatives, schools and industry partners. The day began with dawn karakia – Te Tā i te Kawa - led by local kaumātua.
Chair of the Māori Television Board Georgina te Heuheu welcomes the appointment of business woman Maru Nihoniho (Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu) to the Māori Television Board. Ms Nihoniho is an experienced board director and is the owner, managing director and producer of the award winning company Metia Interactive in Auckland.
“We welcome Ms Nihoniho to the board and are excited by the entrepreneurial skills, digital expertise and business acumen that Ms Nihoniho will bring to our organisation,” says Mrs te Heuheu.
Māori Television has withdrawn the series Jonah from Tonga.
Once the full Board of Māori Television became aware of the screening of the programme on Thursday evening, a decision was made then to pull the series. Chair of the Board Georgina te Heuheu says the values of Māori Television include respecting all communities.
"We are a Māori media outlet with our own standards, and a mandate to protect and promote the Māori language and culture," says Mrs te Heuheu.
Julian Dennison, Taika Waititi, Mike King and Graham Hoete among finalists. After a stellar inaugural event last year, Māori Television and Te Puni Kōkiri are excited to announce the finalists for 2017’s Matariki Awards. The annual event celebrates and honours extraordinary Māori talent and achievement across a broad range of fields and industries.
Research on the impact of Māori Television on te reo Māori, shows that it plays a vital role in the normalisation and revitalisation of the Māori language.
The 2016 project Māori Broadcasting Language Impact Evaluation, conducted by Kantar TNS and Colmar Brunton, was a joint venture between Māori Television and Te Māngai Pāho. Māori Television CEO Pāora Maxwell says that the research also indicates that Māori Television has a positive impact on the intergenerational transmission of te reo in the home.
The Chief Executive of Māori Television Paora Maxwell has announced his resignation from the broadcaster. Maxwell said it has been a tremendous privilege to have led Māori Television through a challenging era for the entire industry.