Māori TV board chair declared conflict of interest in CEO recruitment

By Harata Brown

Documents released under the Official Information Act, reveal that Māori Television Board's Chairperson Georgina Te Heuheu, had declared a personal conflict of interest with one of the candidates applying for the CEO position.

Despite the declaration she continued to play a prominent role in shortlisting the candidates.

Ms Te Heuheu’s declaration of her personal relationship with one of the candidates occurred on the 16th of July. She suggested that Deputy Chairman, Tahu Potiki, chair the recruitment sub-committee.

An email was then sent to other board members 8 days later on the 24th July in which she says, rather than leave the culling of candidates to the recruitment agency, she should work with them on that task.

Two board members, Ian Taylor and Donna Gardiner, requested that they see the full list of candidates submitted to the recruitment agency, and they share their concerns in the emails.

Ms Te Heuheu, responded to the emails saying she'd call them on the phone. Further emails show their requests to sight the full list were declined.

Māori Television has an interim CEO at present and staff have been advised that an announcement on the matter is pending.