Massey University has announced the finalists in this year’s Maori Journalist of the Year Awards and the list is dominated by women.
The finalists in the Nga Kupu Ora Maori Journalist of the Year Award are: –
Ripeka Timutimu – Te Reo Maori
For a story uncovering the NZ Herald’s refusal to publish a memorial notice in Te Reo Maori.
Heeni Brown – Te Reo Maori
For coverage of the death of Dr Ranganui Walker and its impact for iwi Te Whakatohea.
Renee Kahukura Iosefa – English
For a story on Maori Television’s Native Affairs that saw, the then New Plymouth Mayor, Andrew Judd out himself as a recovering racist which sparked a national debate on racism.
Ms Sherman won the inaugural Maori Journalist of Year award last year and is a finalist in both categories for stories she did for Newshub.
Oriini Kaipara – English
For a story on Maori Television’s Native Affairs programme on the gender debate around a man’s decision to have a normally female only moko kauae against the wishes of the artist and his iwi.
Photo Caption: The finalists (from left) Ripeka Timutimu, Heeni Brown, Rene Kahukura Iosefa, Maiki Sherman, Oriini Kaipara