John Bishara, Chief Executive of Te Māngai Pāho, is stepping down from his post at the Māori broadcasting funding agency after nearly twelve years in the role. In September Mr Bishara will return to Turangi where he will lead the Lake Taupō Forest Trust. Te Māngai Pāho Chairman, Piri Sciascia, said that John has done an outstanding job and had been at the helm of the agency over a time of immense change and growth. “John has led the agency through the establishment of Māori Television and the move over recent years into new media and technology platforms. Funding for new media has gone from zero four years ago to $2 million this year. It has taken leadership and vision to make this happen whilst retaining total accountability and transparency for funding. John has built a strong and capable team that along with the Māori broadcasting sector has delivered for audiences increased Māori language content year on year. John has never been one to rest on his laurels and as recently as last week we announced increased content on iwi radio for the year ahead, from 8 hours a day to 10.5 hours a day. In a continually evolving landscape, particularly with the enactment of Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori 2016 (the Māori Language Act 2016) and in an increasingly digital environment, John has worked hard to ensure that the agency remains relevant and continues to play an important role in revitalising te reo Māori and he has succeeded. Nielsen’s research from 2015 shows that a positive attitude to Māori language and culture continues to flourish in New Zealand and the work that John has led at Te Māngai Pāho has been an important part of that. John leaves the agency in excellent shape and can be hugely proud of what has been achieved in the sector under his leadership,” Mr Sciascia said. Mr Bishara’s new role as Chief Executive of the Lake Taupō Forest Trust takes him back to his roots. Both to his rohe (region) and iwi, Tūwharetoa, and also to the forestry sector. Mr Bishara began his working life as a forestry labourer/cadet and returns forty years later to manage the iwi’s forestry interests. Mr Bishara is also Chair of the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board and Tongariro – Taupō Conservation Board. Planning for a recruitment process for a new chief executive is underway.
The RFP for the final Television Funding Round is now available on Te Māngai Pāho website. Please note that this RFP is for Receptive and Second Language Learner categories only. Te Māngai Pāho has already achieved its target hours in Fluent category content. The Funding Round closes on at 5:00pm on Friday 12th February 2016.Te Māngai has released an RFP for Webseries. With this RFP Te Māngai Pāho will look to fund up to five webseries. The RFP also closes at 5:00pm on Friday 12th February, 2016.Find Out More
Te Māngai Pāho is pleased to advise that the RFP for our first Pilot Season is now available on our website.Te Māngai Pāho recently released its operating framework for New Media and this is the first of the three RFPs that will be released in this financial year. The Pilot Season aims to encourage new and aspiring content producers and innovative new ideas.John Bishara, Chief Executive of Te Māngai Pāho, said, We are hopeful of being able to fund pilots for twenty concepts to a level of $10,000 each, but ultimately the final numbers will be very much dependent upon the quality and number o...Find Out More
The Board of Te Māngai Pāho has agreed that it will extend the scope of the next Music Funding Round to include Music Videos. Te Māngai Pāho will contribute up to $6,000 per music video. In the next Music Fundi8ng Round, Te Māngai Pāho will consider funding applications for:Further details including te reo Māori requirements and assessment criteria will be included in the RFP for the next Music Funding Round which will be released before the end of February.Find Out More
Te Māngai Pāho intends to introduce Channel Preference Guidelines in the 2016/17 financial year. These guidelines are intended to assist, both content producers and distributors of Te Māngai Pāho funded content, to better understand Te Māngai Pāho language revitalisation priorities.Te Māngai Pāho has released a consultation document that includes a draft timetable for completion of the consultation process. It is our intention to hold one or two consultation hui in March/April 2016 to receive public feedback. However, if you wish to provide written feedback directly to Te Māngai Pāho please...Find Out More