Confirmation of the governing board of the new public media entity

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The Minister for Broadcasting and Media has confirmed that the nine-member Governing Board will lead the work to establish a new public media entity in New Zealand.

“The Governing Board will oversee the detailed design of the new entity and the changes needed to create it,” Kris Faafoi said.

“The composition of the Board of Directors reflects the importance of its work. Its members have extensive experience in change and governance and knowledge of current public broadcasting entities, as well as private media, the production sector and Maori and Pacific media. All of them bring commitment to the new venture of public media.”

The Minister reiterated that the new entity would be cross-platform and designed to reach new and existing audiences. Drawing on the best of Television NZ and Radio NZ, he said it would be a forward-looking public media entity that could better meet the challenges of technological change and global competition.

The Governing Board includes the two current Chairmen and a current member of the Board of RNZ and TVNZ and four former members of the Business Case Governance Group (BCG) which reviewed the viability and characteristics of a new entity of public media.

The Governing Board is made up of: Tracey Martin (Chair), Michael Anderson, Andy Coupe, Barbara Dreaver, Bailey Mackey, Dr. Jim Mather, Peter Parussini, John Quirk and Aliesha Staples.

Members are appointed until the new entity is created by legislation and a board of directors for the new entity is in place.

“We know what we want this new entity to achieve, and a legislated charter will define the purpose and objectives of the entity, but the task of creating the entity is ahead.

“The Establishment Committee has three main areas of responsibility. First, it will review operational matters such as entity structure and organizational strategy and it will provide advice on these matters to the Entity Operating Committee.

“The Governing Board will oversee the development and implementation of a change management plan, together with TVNZ and RNZ, to enable the transition of existing operations and staff to the new entity.

“The Board will also provide me with advice on the implementation of the entity’s financial model, monitoring framework, legal issues and accountability provisions.

“This is a broad program of work, which we want to move forward effectively, efficiently and with minimal disruption to existing entities and their staff. The Council will be supported by an Establishment Unit. This is a similar structure to the one that was in place in the last phase of work that produced the Business Case.”

A program steering group and subject matter experts will also support the governing board.

Kris Faafoi said that the creation work would take place alongside the legislative process and that the legislation to create the entity would be presented to Parliament in the coming months. The public would then have the opportunity, through the select committee stage, to give their opinion, including on the charter.

Governing Board Biographies:

Tracey Martin (Chair)

Tracey Martin was an MP for nine years and was spokesperson for New Zealand First Broadcasting from 2011 to 2017. She served as Minister for Children, Elderly, Home Affairs and Associate Minister for Education from 2017 to 2020.

Tracey has considerable knowledge of public policy development and government processes and was chair of the Strong Public Media Business Case Governance Group (BCG)

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson is the former Managing Director of MediaWorks NZ and Austereo Group. He oversaw the sale of Mediaworks TV to Discovery and the acquisition of QMS Media’s display, digital media and production businesses in New Zealand.

He has experience in print, digital, radio and television in Australia and New Zealand and is an experienced chairman and non-executive director. Michael was a member of BCG.

Andy Coupe

Andy Coupe is a professional administrator with over 30 years of business and capital markets experience. He is the current Chairman of the Board of TVNZ and was Chairman of the New Zealand Takeovers Panel until March 31.

A Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Andy is a director of several commercial companies including Briscoe Group Limited, Kingfish Limited, Barramundi Limited and Marlin Global Limited.

Barbara Dreaver

Barbara Dreaver is the Pacific Correspondent for TVNZ and previously worked at RNZ.

Journalist with more than 30 years of experience, including eight years in Rarotonga where she was co-owner of a newspaper, she has worked in television, print and radio, winning numerous awards, including for sports reporting and economic. Barbara also designs and delivers training to Pacific regional broadcasters.

Bailey Mackey

Bailey Mackey is co-founder and CEO of independent production house Pango Productions. He has worked in broadcasting for nearly 25 years, holding positions at Radio Ngāti Porou, Māori Television, TVNZ and TV Three.

Bailey is a director of NZ Rugby and was a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council. He is a member of the Māori Broadcasting Advisory Panel and was a member of the BCG

Dr Jim Mather

Dr. Jim Mather is Chairman of the Board of RNZ and the Lakes District Health Board. A qualified accountant by profession, he has held various positions in the private sector and, as a former Managing Director of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Māori Television and Pacific Business Trust, he has a strong background in management, media and business. .

Jim is also a Māori Strategy Development Consultant who specializes in Te Tiriti o Waitangi wānanga facilitation, strategy workshops, leadership development, board assessments and Māori tikanga integration.

Pierre Parussini

Peter Parussini has over 35 years of experience in the communications and marketing sectors. He is an executive at ANZ Bank New Zealand and was previously part of TVNZ’s management team.

Peter is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors and a member of the RNZ Board. He is also a board member of the Manukau Institute of Technology & Unitec.

John Weird

John Quirk has spent the past 20 years in strategic investment and corporate advisory roles. A Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors, John has extensive governance experience specializing in high-growth high-tech companies. He is currently Chairman of Portainer.io, Cumulo9 Limited and Director of Aeroqual Limited.

John was president of the Kordia group and a member of BCG.

Aliesha Staples

Aliesha Staples has 15 years of experience in the film industry and is a producer of VR/AR solutions, games and technology for global audiences. She is the founder and CEO of Staples VR, an emerging technology consulting and development company.

Aliesha is a director of TVNZ, workforce development council Toi Mai, New Zealand Football Foundation and Click Studios.

(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)

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