Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble will fill the newly-created senior executive position of Pou Whakahaere. Waaka-Tibble is a producer with extensive experience in governance, culture, intellectual property rights, iwi and community organisations as well as active involvement in Māori screen issues.

Making the announcement, NZFC CEO Annabelle Sheehan said she believed Waaka-Tibble would have "an enormous impact on [NZFC culture] and on the future of the New Zealand screen industry."

As Pou Whakahaere, Waaka-Tibble (pictured below) will be responsible for ensuring the effective implementation of the NZFC's Te Rautaki Māori strategy announced last month. Te Rautaki brings with it a commitment to three new funding initiatives for the production and development of Māori films. The strategy was created over the past two and a half years in collaboration with Māori screen organisation Ngā Aho Whakaari and the wider Māori film sector.

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