18 Aug 2014

NZ television pioneer dies

3:40 pm on 18 August 2014

Pioneering New Zealand television producer and director Caterina De Nave has died of leukaemia.

Late television producer and director Caterina De Nave.

Caterina De Nave Photo: Supplied

Ms De Nave started working for Television New Zealand in Dunedin in the 1970s and was the first female in the company to head a department.

She later became the Head of Development at South Pacific Pictures, where she helped develop the long-running soap opera Shortland Street.

Caterina de Nave also produced a four-part series on the Erebus disaster, and the Topp Twins comedy series.

She went on to work for South Pacific Pictures, TV3 and in 2009 joined Australian broadcaster SBS as an executive producer.

South Pacific chief executive Kelly Martin, who worked with Ms De Nave at MediaWorks, said she was a brave woman who didn't hold back, and a great supporter of younger women's careers.

"She was also very nurturing of younger women coming up through the business and through the industry, and she was very supportive of younger women's careers and other women generally, which I think is a good thing in this business - I benefited."