Maori Television has appointed a former Rotorua resident and award-winning Te Arawa journalist Maramena Roderick to the position of interim head of news and current affairs.
Maramena Roderick (also of Ngati Whatua descent) studied journalism at Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua.
She has an extensive background in reporting having worked for the New Zealand Herald before rising to senior news and current affairs roles at TVNZ.
Roderick has covered international affairs as a foreign correspondent, as well as award-winning investigative reporting nationally. In the independent sector, she has directed and produced a wide range of programming, including the critically acclaimed shows Songs From The Inside and Behind the Brush.
Chief executive Paora Maxwell (Ngati Rangiwewehi) said Roderick was an appointment of the highest calibre and would be a fine caretaker of the news and current affairs department until a permanent head of department was appointed in the new year.
"There were a number of internal and external candidates and Maramena was the standout for her journalistic and producing skills ... her being Te Arawa was not a consideration," Mr Paora said.
Roderick joins Maori Television on Monday.