Many mourn the loss of devoted indigenous broadcaster

By Aroha Treacher, Heeni Brown

She was one of the biggest advocates for indigenous broadcasting and worked tirelessly to bring indigenous broadcasters together. As a result, she became the general secretary of the World Indigenous Television Broadcast Network. Patagaw Tamilaw from Taiwan and the Paiwan tribe recently passed away suddenly in Canada.

Patagaw Talimalaw not only worked tirelessly at Taiwan Indigenous Television but she also worked at Māori Television in 2010.

Many still mourn the loss of one of the brightest indigenous broadcasters.

Patagaw Talimalaw worked hard to unite indigenous broadcasters under the World Indigenous Television Broadcast Network.

According to Julian Wilcox, “She made sure we were all united and weren’t divided so that our language would not be extinct and we were not silenced.”

She was also admired by former General Manager of Māori Television's News and Current Affairs department, Te Anga Nathan, who says we should never forget the work she has accomplished. According to Te Anga Nathan, she was a woman who was able motivate and install passion into anyone.

Patagaw Talimalaw will be missed and her legacy within indigenous broadcasting will continue through those who share her vision.

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