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Maori Television Service Bill In The House

6 December 2001 Media Statement
Maori Television Service Bill In The House


Mäori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia said he believed the Mäori Television Service will enrich New Zealand society, culture and heritage even though its principal function is to promote te Reo Mäori me nga tikanga Mäori.

Mr Horomia tabled the Mäori Television Service Bill in the House today, which, amongst other things, establishes the Service as a statutory corporation, outlines the functions of the service and the duties of the board and directors, and provides for the independence of the Service.

Mr Horomia said he believed the bill, and ultimately the Service, breaks new ground in a number of ways.

“The Bill confirms the partnership approach between government and Crown to the governance, accountability and general operation of the Mäori television service. It charts new territory for the promotion and protection of te reo Mäori me nga tikanga Mäori. It provides a means of further safeguarding Mäori cultural identity, and in so doing, key aspects of our nation’s identity.”

“The establishment of the Mäori Television Service recognizes the need to take practical steps to protect and promote te Reo Mäori. Television is an important means to inform, educate and entertain both Mäori and non Mäori alike. I see it as an important mechanism to promote Mäori social, cultural and economic development,” said Mr Horomia.

The Minister said many people, friendly and unfriendly, are scrutinising every step of the process and things will not be easy. However the most important task is to ensure the best-possible innovative, entertaining, commercially-sound Mäori television service is operating by mid next year.

The Mäori Television Service Bill was referred to the Mäori Affairs Select Committee, to report back on or before 28 March next year.

ENDS

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