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TVNZ appoints Maiki Sherman as new Political Editor

Maiki Sherman has been appointed TVNZ’s newest Political Editor – the first wahine Māori in Te Reo Tātaki’s history to lead the award-winning 1News political team.

Maiki brings significant experience to the role. She first joined the Press Gallery in 2012, serving as a political reporter for both Whakaata Māori and Newshub before rejoining 1News – the media organisation she began her broadcast career with 16 years earlier at Te Karere.

In addition to a strong track record of holding New Zealand’s political figures to task, Maiki has served as chair of the Parliamentary Press Gallery for the last three years.

Maiki said of her appointment, “This is a huge milestone for me and one I’ve worked hard for. I’m proud to be the first wahine Māori appointed as the Political Editor of a mainstream broadcast newsroom. That is something to be celebrated.”

“My background means I bring a unique perspective to the role alongside an unwavering commitment to holding our political decision-makers to account. People want strong, fair, and impartial journalism. That’s something I’m committed to providing across the political divide.”

TVNZ’s Executive Editor, Phil O’Sullivan, said “Maiki has been an impressive Deputy Political Editor for TVNZ through a turbulent time in New Zealand politics impacted by Covid, events of national significance and highly charged General Elections. Her calm leadership and strong coverage of important political issues, particularly demonstrated during her moderation of our Kaupapa Māori Debate last year, made her a natural pick for the role.”

Sherman takes over from Jessica Mutch McKay, who concluded her tenure earlier this year.

Maiki begins her new job effective immediately.


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