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New appointments to Te Māngai Pāho

New appointments to Te Māngai Pāho

Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples welcomes two new members to the board of Te Māngai Pāho, the Māori broadcasting funding agency, and says two other members have been reappointed for a further three years.

“Eruera Prendergast-Tarena, of Ngāi Tahu, brings a strong background in reo and tikanga to the board, as well as extensive strategic management skills and academic leadership,” said Dr Sharples.

“Eruera has been a programme leader in Māori Studies at the Christchurch Polytech Institute of Technology; a project leader in Culture and Identity for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, he has managed Ngāi Tahu’s tourism interests, and is currently the manager of Strategy and Relationships for Te Tapuae o Rēhua.

“He received the Fullbright Scholar Award from Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Centre of Academic Excellence this year, and was a First Nations Future Fellow at Stanford University in 2011. In his private life Eruera is a Trustee for a Kura Kaupapa Māori and an early childhood centre, and is involved with waka ama.

“I’m also pleased that Dr Leonie Pihama has accepted an appointment to Te Māngai Pāho. Leonie is currently an Associate Professor and Director at Waikato University’s Te Kotahi Institute and a board member of Te Ātawhai o te Ao Research Institute. Leonie was a member of the Constitutional Advisory Panel, and is a former member of the Māori Television board.

“Leonie has a strong background in education and diverse research interests, and involvement with health and sexual violence groups.

“I have also reappointed Piri Sciascia to the Chair of Te Māngai Pāho, and Taria Tahana to the board, for another three years. Piri has extensive top-level experience in academia, the arts and the public service. Taria is actively involved in Te Arawa’s social, cultural and economic development.

“The result is a very strong board to guide Te Māngai Pāho, and the wider Māori broadcasting sector, through issues of critical importance to our cultural identity and growth as a distinct people,” said Dr Sharples.


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