22 Jun 2015

Two senior journalists quit Māori TV

3:32 pm on 22 June 2015

Two highly regarded journalists from Māori Television's Native Affairs programme have resigned over the last seven days.

It follows the resignation of the programme's presenter, Mihingarangi Forbes, who is leaving her role to work as the senior Māori news correspondent for Radio New Zealand.

Semiramis Holland, who worked for the channel for 10 years as a political reporter and in recent years for Native Affairs, made the announcement about her departure on social media a few days ago.

She explained that she was moving back to her roots, to iwi radio in Whakatāne, but was grateful for the opportunities she had had at Māori Television.

Senior journalist Jodi Ihaka posted on her Facebook page on 19 June that it was her last day working for Native Affairs.

She said that she had nothing but respect for the Māori journalists on Te Kāea and Native Affairs.

Māori Television reported on 17 June that Ms Ihaka had recently been appointed as the Labour Party's new senior Māori communications advisor.

She starts her new role on 29 June, and will be based at Parliament.

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