Topic: Entertainment

Māori Television farewells Jim Mather

By Heeni Brown
  • Auckland

Jim Mather (Ngāti Awa) has been at the helm of Māori Television as CEO for the past nine years, and today he was farewelled by his work colleagues, as he leaves to take up the top spot at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

The question now is, where is the Board of Māori Television at in their search for a new CEO?

Praise and gratitude flowed for Jim Mather.  Some of those greetings came from the Board of Māori Television.

Jim Mather's message to the Board was to make sure they choose the right CEO.

He leaves this home and will be welcomed by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa on Monday.

Georgina Te Heuheu, Māori Television Board's Chair, was unable to make comment on the question, where to from here when it comes to choosing a new Māori Television CEO? 

But Alan Witherington, Interim CEO said a full announcement can be expected early next week about the process."

Te Pūtahi Paoho, one of Māori Television's key stakeholders, said they're still in discussions with Māori Television's Board regarding the process of selecting a new CEO.

Their chair Willie Jackson said, "They know our concerns about the process over recent months, and we hope changes will be made going forward.'

Mr Jackson would not say what changes to the CEO selection process he was referring to, but we can only hope for an announcement as soon as possible.