Julian Wilcox was named best presenter over heavyweight, established and popular presenters John Campbell and Mike McRoberts both from TV3. well as the Best Current Affairs Presenter award, Wilcox also took out the award for best Te Reo Māori presenter for the full reo coverage of the funeral of the late Doctor Hone Kaa on Native Affairs. In this category he was up against Pania Papa the host of the Maori language learning programme ‘Ako’ and Piripi Taylor the presenter of Te Kāea, Maori televisions flagship news programme.
Joining the winners was another of Maori Televisions own, Matai Smith who won the category of best Entertainment/Factual Presenter beating out ‘Global Radar’ presenter Andrew Lumsden and ‘Would I Lie To You’ presenter Paul Henry.
Congratulations also went out to Meg Douglas of Scotty Productions for ‘Whare Taonga’ which was named Best Māori Language Programme, ahead of ‘Kia Ora Molweni’from George Andrew Productions and Maori Television in house programme ‘Tamaki Paenga Hira’
The tributes continue to flow for Maori Televisions team for working tirelessly and proving that work and not resources can go up against Mainstream and the content and calibre of talent we have has proven a match for the bigger bolder powers of the media world.