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Te Mangai Paho Well Past Its Use-By Date

Te Mangai Paho Well Past Its Use-By Date

If the Government doesn't have the good sense to end race-based funding, then it should at least end the slow torture of revelations of financial fiascos at Te Mangai Paho by bringing Maori Broadcasting under the auspices of NZ On Air, ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Rodney Hide said today.

"Taxpayers want this race-based funding to stop. If the Government's PC ideology prevents it from doing so, then it should at least administer public money properly. That clearly hasn't been the case under TMP control. Maori broadcasting scandals come one-after-the-other, with John Davy, Tame Te Rangi and now Alecia Royal all proving that lessons just haven't been learned.

"I am writing to the Prime Minister recommending she put Te Mangai Paho under NZ On Air control, for them to allocate and administer the public's cash properly. The best outcome would be for Helen Clark to shut down Maori TV, but at the very least she has a responsibility to taxpayers to end the `cash for cronies' scandals," Mr Hide said.

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