23 Apr 2013

New wananga head says he's a life-long student

6:33 am on 23 April 2013

The head of Maori Television - who is to become the chief executive of Te Wananga o Aotearoa - says while he doesn't have an education background, he's been a student for many years.

Jim Mather is stepping down after eight years.

During his tenure, he oversaw the launch of the Te Reo channel, the establishment of the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network, coverage of the Rugby World Cup and the annual ANZAC Day broadcasts.

Mr Mather said heading Te Wananga o Aotearoa will be challenging and while he hasn't worked in the education sector, his university studies have been on-going.

He has completed a Master of Business Administration and is currently finishing a PhD in Maori development.

Mr Mather's new role begins in six months.