- The Media Sector Shift Advisory Panel has been announced. Members are: Graham Pryor (Chair); Quinton Hita, Lynell Huria, Cherie Tirikatene Le Cheminant, and Julian Wilcox.
These appointments are long overdue, as the review was announced last October, and Te Puni Kōkiri has already completed a stock take of the sector, effectively shaping the questions up for consideration by this panel (Pānui 16/2019 refers). The review is supposed to ‘explore the most effective and efficient way of funding and producing re reo and tīkanga Māori content, and structuring the Māori media sector, to achieve the best outcomes’. I.e. operational questions such as how many iwi radio stations should be funded, whether Māori television should receive more direct funding rather than via Te Mangai Pāho, and how can a Māori media production sector be developed or arise from the stocktake. Given resource limitations for this sector, a number of these issues present as fairly tough operational policy questions for the panel to consider and advise on. Minister Nanaia Mahuta has advised her Cabinet colleagues that she intends to come back to them later this year with her change proposals.
- Shane Taurima (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu) has been appointed chief executive of Māori Television.
- Kristy Maria Roa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Apakura) has won the 2019 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award.
- Eugene and Pania King of Kiriroa Station (Matawai, north west of Gisborne) have been named the winners of the 2019 Ahuwhenua Trophy for the top Māori sheep and beef farm.