Māori Television CEO confirms restructure

By Te Kāea

Māori Television Chief Executive Paora Maxwell has confirmed a proposal to restructure the organisation which is expected to be implemented from Monday the 13th of October.

The confirmation of the restructure was outlined to staff in a meeting this afternoon, which will see the disestablishment of the General Manager of News and Current Affairs and General Manager of Production roles, currently held by Julian Wilcox and Carol Hirschfeld.

Paora Maxwell says, "The current structure is based on a traditional broadcasting model that does not sit well in the digital environment we now find ourselves in"

He says, "In realigning Māori Television to more effectively operate within the fast changing digital environment we ensure greater priority for te reo Māori me ngā tikanga as the driver of all activities." 

The restructure model will see six new roles established, with three of these at the Executive level. They are Head of People, Language and Culture; Head of Content; and Head of Corporate Affairs. Five roles are disestablished with all but two staff appointed to other positions. Two jobs will be lost within the organisation.

Maxwell says, “This is an alignment of strategic direction  to operational implementation that will significantly enhance long-term performance and achievement of our Maori Language Strategy objectives.”

The re-organisation, includes the grouping of all content development functions within one team,

Radio New Zealand yesterday confirmed Carol Hirschfeld had been appointed the Head of Content and Radio New Zealand Networks Presentations Manager. The role will see Hirschfeld take charge of News, Drama, Music, Spoken Features and Radio New Zealand International, she is expected to end her employment with Māori Television at the end of the month..

Interviews for contestable positions will be held over the next two weeks and a recruitment campaign will commence for the new roles.