Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Quotas only one option - Minister

Introducing quotas is only one way to raise the level of local content on air, Hon Marie Hasler Minister for Culture and Heritage said today in response to the Labour party’s broadcasting policy that would see quotas on radio and television established.

“I have always believed local content is too low and this is why I have asked my Ministry to research what other countries do in this regard,” Ms Hasler said.

“This survey is now complete and a discussion document on the findings will be circulated to interest groups early next month.

“Obviously there is a range of options for Government and we want to find out what people involved in broadcasting in this country see as the most effective way of getting more of New Zealand on air.

“I look forward to the response to this discussion document.”

Ms Hasler said she believes the current upsurge in New Zealand music is because we have the talent and because the level of music played on commercial radio is rising through voluntary means.

NZ On Air figures show that the level of local content on adult contemporary stations has risen from 6.01% in the 1997 June quarter to 8.90% to the June quarter this year. The level on rock stations has risen from 4.05% to 10.53% for the same period.

“The increasing level of New Zealand music is reflected by Shihad with My Mind’s Sedate currently the number six top selling single, and Stellar’s Mix as the number one album and Garageland at number 10 with their album Do What You Want.

“As yet there are unresolved difficulties with establishing quotas and ultimately some one will have to bear the cost – whether it be broadcasters, the industry or the taxpayer.

“Under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) New Zealand has agreed to give full market access and equal national treatment to other countries in the area of audio-visual services.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises that introducing a quota system would expose us to demand by other countries for compensation.

“Also our bilateral obligations with Australia through our Closer Economic Relations – Trade Agreement (CER) means we would probably have to extend any New Zealand quota system to Australian programmes and producers. (The New Zealand film and television industry, under the Project Blue Sky banner, successfully sought the inclusion of New Zealand content under the Australian quota system.)

“While these problems are not insurmountable what we need to do is establish what is the best way to raise local content.

“I believe Government initiatives, announced yesterday, to give youth radio their own radio spectrum and supporting the Music Industry Forum will have a significant impact in raising the level of local content on air.

“The more people are exposed to our fine music, particularly young listeners, the more a demand for our music will be created. Popular music is a significant form of cultural expression, especially for young people.

“Ways to raise the level of local content on television certainly need to be looked at and I am sure the local content discussion document will see key industry people come forward with some innovative ways and means on how we can achieve this.”


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On NZ’s Complicity In Western Sahara

If David Parker really wants to hone his crisis-managing chops on an international trade dispute that New Zealand has been making worse for years, he maybe should be turning his attention to the Western Sahara.

Some background: two NZ companies called Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients appear to be the only independent firms in the world still willing to import phosphate from the disputed territory of the Western Sahara... More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral with Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting to launch into matters of genuine substance. More>>

ALSO:

Withdrawls After Police Uniform Ban: Auckland Pride Remains Committed

The Auckland Pride Board remains committed to creating a space for our rainbow communities to feel safe celebrating their gender and sexual identity, despite some institutions pulling out from the Parade in recent days. More>>

ALSO:

South Korea: State Visit By Korean President Moon Jae-In

The President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in will visit New Zealand from 2 to 4 December... “I am very much looking forward to welcoming President Moon to New Zealand,” said Jacinda Ardern. More>>

Health: Changes To Drinking Water Standards

David Clark said many of the changes he is making, which will take effect on 1 March 2019, are clarifications or corrections, “but there are two changes which will significantly improve the ability to test and respond to the presence of harmful bacteria such as E.coli”. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Detention "Unlawful But Reasonable"

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Chile President's NZ Visit

At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018... More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels