Māori Television: The First Ten Years

Jo Smith


Māori Television was originally set up in 2004 to protect and promote te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori (Māori language and cultural practices), to inform, educate and entertain a broad viewing audience, and thus to ‘enrich New Zealand society, culture and heritage’. Over the following decade, it had a major impact on the New Zealand media landscape. Based on kōrero with key stakeholders – staff, the board, other media, academics, politicians, funders and viewers – this book shines light on the complex dynamics underpinning state-funded Māori media. Offering five frameworks to help understand this Māori media organisation operating within a wider non-Māori context, this book is a deep account of Māori Television in its first ten years.



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Jo Smith (Waitaha, Kati Māmoe and Kāi Tahu) is a senior lecturer in English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies at Victoria University. She is the author of book chapters as well as articles in a range of journals including Arena, Continuum, Transnational Cinemas, Settler Colonial Studies and AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples.

November 2016, 228 x 152 mm, 210 pages, Colour illustrations
Paperback, ISBN 978 1 86940 857 2, $45