About Māori Television

BAPS Reimbursement, 06 July 2018

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā

He karanga tēnei ki ngā kaimahi o mua o Whakaata Māori, tēnā koutou.

As a result of a review of our payroll system we have adjusted our payment calculations of leave as it relates to the 2003 Holidays Act.

We are retrospectively recalculating any historical payments to staff who worked overtime, were paid a bonus and undertook any other leave dating from 1 April 2016 to 1 April 2010.

Former staff members who were employed by Māori Television during this time are asked to contact us directly at payroll@maoritelevision.com

Māori Television is New Zealand’s indigenous broadcaster, providing a wide range of local and international programmes for audiences across the country and online. 

Our Vision

Māori language is a taonga (treasure) at the heart of Māori culture and New Zealand’s unique cultural identity.  Our vision is for Māori language to be valued, embraced and spoken by all. 

Launched in 2004, Māori Television has two key long-term objectives:

  • To significantly contribute to the revitalisation of the Māori language; and
  • To be an independent Māori television service that is relevant, effective and widely accessible. 

Our Values

Underpinning these objectives are our values:

  • Kia tika - being professional, maintaining high standards
  • Kia pono - being truthful, honest and acting with integrity
  • Kia aroha - being respectful and empathetic
  • Kia Māori - maintaining and upholding core Māori values

Strategic Direction

Our strategy is based on inclusivity - building a connection to Māori culture for all New Zealanders.  We achieve this through the delivery of unique locally made programmes, good quality in-house programmes, free-to-air sport, intelligent and entertaining international programmes and coverage of events of significance to all New Zealanders. 


Beyond the New Zealand public, Māori Television has two key stakeholder groups: The Crown (through the Minister of Māori Affairs and the Minister of Finance) and Te Mātāwai.

Our founding legislation, The Māori Television Service Act 2003, ensures our commitment and statutory obligation to:

  • Be a high quality, cost effective television provider which informs, educates and entertains;
  • Broadcast mainly in the Māori language;
  • Consider the needs of children participating in immersion education and anyone else learning Māori. 

Through our range of programmes, Māori Television endeavours to show our place in the world and our world in one place.