Fu­ture un­der re­view for Mana

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - SUSAN EDMUNDS

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.

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