A former Māori broadcaster who's known for his commitment to te reo, Kingi Kiriona, has been appointed to the Māori Television service board.

The former critic of Māori TV says he's moved on since then and looks forward to working closely with the network.

Te Atarangi Whiu, the Chief Executive of Te Mātāwai says he has an impressive range of skills.

“He tangata whakapau kaha mō te reo, kua mōhio mai tātou ki tērā pūkenga ōnā - arā i roto i āna mahi haka, i roto anō hoki i ngā mahi papāho.”

Kiriona says pleased with his new position.

“E mōhio ana au ki te nui o te mahi kei mua i te aroaro. Kei reira ahau mā Te Mātāwai, nō reira kei reira ahau mā ngā iwi, kei reira ahau mō tō tātou reo Māori.”

When Te Matatini was held in Christchurch, he criticised Māori Television in a haka he composed, but he says the world's moved on since then.

“Āe, i ngā rua, toru tau i puta i a au me taku kapa i tētahi haka mō Whakaata Māori, ki a au nei kua ea noa atu tērā, kua whakaputa i a aku whakaaro me aku amuamu mō Whakaata Māori, kua eke ko tēnei te wā mō te mahi tahi i te taha o Whakaata Māori, ki te kimi i ētahi rongoā, oranga rānei.”

Kiriona will officially start in his role on the 10th of April for a three-year term.

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