Topic: Entertainment

Julian Wilcox resigns from Māori TV

By Heeni Brown
Julian Wilcox resigns from Māori Television

One of the most recognisable faces of Māori Television today resigned from the publicly-funded broadcaster.

Julian Wilcox told Te Kāea, "In my time with the whānau of Whakaata Māori I have worked with many people who strive for te reo Māori me ōna tikanga, while they were capable of achieving whatever they wanted, wherever they wanted, possibly with higher pay packets or more extravagant conditions, the whānau here aren't about that, they are working towards a united goal, the survival of te reo me ōna tikanga, so I want to salute the whānau of Whakaata Māori."

Julian Wilcox (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa) has been with Māori Television since it first hit NZ airwaves in 2004.

In the last decade, he's presented and produced a range of shows, including fronting the highly-praised ANZAC Day coverage and Native Affairs. 

In 2012, he won Best News or Current Affairs Presenter ahead of TV3's John Campbell and Mike McRoberts at the Aotearoa Film and Television Awards.

He says, "There have been a lot of ups and downs over the years, but the positives far outweigh the negatives and the time has come for me to look to new horizons and seek out new challenges, while continuing to strive towards empowering te reo Māori me ōna tikanga, that will always be my priority."

This is the second high-profile resignation in less than a month following the announcement of a restructure led by CEO, Paora Maxwell.  

Mr Maxwell says Julian Wilcox, "truly is one of the stars of Māori Television, so this is a sad time, but I know over the last few weeks he has been considering a number of options."

Carol Hirschfeld also resigned to take up a new role with Radio New Zealand at the end of the month.

When Te Kāea asked if there were concerns about the departure of two high profile staff members, Mr Maxwell said, while he saluted them both and all their efforts, he was not concerned and referred to the proverb, "when a plant frond dies, another rises to take its place. However I want to congratulate and wish them both all the best in their new journey."

Julian Wilcox's final day with Māori Television will be at the beginning of December.