Shane Taurima began presenting Māori current affairs show Marae after 12 years reporting from the Parliamentary press gallery. On TV's Q+A his interviewees have ranged from John Key to Tariana Turia. In May 2013, three months after becoming TVNZ’s General Manager of Māori and Pacific Programmes, Taurima announced a bid to represent Labour in the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti seat formerly occupied by late MP Parekura Horomia.
He brings with him a wealth of content experience, intimate knowledge of the issues that impact on Māori and Pasifika communities and innate cultural understanding. TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs Ross Dagan, February 2013