Future under review for Mana
Publication of Mana magazine has been put on hold indefinitely.
Mana Productions said, for the past three years, the magazine had been published under licence by Kowhai Media.
‘‘In July the title returned to Mana Productions, who had intended to continue publishing it. Mana Productions are reviewing the future of the magazine, and at this stage will not be proceeding with the publication of
Mana,’’ the company said in a statement. Subscribers were asked to contact the company for more information.
The magazine has been in circulation since 1993. In 2011, when it published its 100th edition, then-editor Derek Fox hinted to
Te Karere that producing it was a financial struggle.
Media commentator Gavin Ellis said it was a sad development. He said the magazine had been producing good journalism and its production values had lifted under Kowhai’s management.
‘‘It is a sad day for Maoridom and all of New Zealand because
Mana reached out to all New Zealanders, not just tangata whenua.’’
He said magazine production was a tough game, particularly from the point of view of advertising. Mana Maori Media and Mana Productions are headed by Fox. They launched in 1989 to provide better access to coverage of Maori interests and current affairs.