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Larry Parr to head TMP

Te Māngai Pāho’s funding manager for TV and New Media, Larry Parr, will succeed longtime CEO John Bishara, who departed in August, as the new CEO of Te Māngai Pāho. Parr’s first day in the new role will be Monday (10 October).

The announcement comes shortly before Parr presents on Friday at the Nga Aho Whakaari Hui-A-Tau. Parr will take part in two sessions with NZ On Air’s Jane Wrightson on funding and Brenda Leeuwenberg on online media.

A lawyer by training, Parr worked in production for 25 years on titles including Sleeping Dogs, Came a Hot Friday and Smash Palace. He was honoured earlier this year at the Māoriland Film Festival. Prior to joining TMP, he was head of programming at Māori Television, leading the first all-day ANZAC Day coverage in 2006 which was a milestone in establishing the broadcaster’s identity and mana.

Parr’s appointment comes with the arrival of the Māori Language Act 2016, which offers new opportunities for the promotion of Māori language and culture. Parr (Ngāti Hikitanga, Ngāti Raukawa me Muaūpoko) is also the current Tumuaki of Te Rūnanga o Raukawa and Chair of Ngāti Hikitanga.

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