John Bishara, Chief Executive of Te Māngai Pāho, is stepping down from his position at the Māori broadcasting funding agency after nearly twelve years in the role.
Bishara will return to Turangi in September to lead the Lake Taupō Forest Trust.
Te Māngai Pāho Chairman, Piri Sciascia says, “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.”
Bishara’s new role as Chief Executive of the Lake Taupō Forest Trust takes him back to his roots. Both to his rohe and iwi, Tūwharetoa, and also to the forestry sector. Bishara began his working life as a forestry labourer and returns forty years later to manage the iwi’s forestry interests.
Planning for a recruitment process for a new chief executive is underway.