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Maori TV Board Must Face Responsibility

Reports released today into Maori Television show the board, Te Puni Kokiri and Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia need to take responsibility for the debacle, says National's broadcasting spokesperson Katherine Rich.

"Investigations into the Maori Television Service need to start from scratch, and this time include all relevant information from all available sources rather than rely on the "recollections" of a few board members."

"The documents released today show in no uncertain terms that Millennium People told the board that it was their job to do credit reports, security clearances and immigration checks. Millennium People even went as far to suggest methods that could provide such checking services. Clearly the board chose to overlook this advice.

"After reading today's release of an appointment letter of Mr John Davy, the public will be alarmed to find out that John Davy's salary package was not $140,000 as originally reported, but a whopping $210,000 which included performance payments of $50,000 and an additional $20,000 per annum for carrying out financial duties.

"Once again the appointment letter sent by Millennium People makes clear that the salary offer is subject to credit reports, security clearances and immigration checks being completed to the satisfaction of the board, not to mention the remuneration package being approved by Ministers Cullen and Horomia.

"The time for vague, butt-covering whitewash reports is over. The public want to know the full truth about who stuffed up in the appointment of Mr John Davy. From the information released so far, it's clear that the board and Minister cannot continue to blame others for decisions it has made," said Ms Rich.


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