Programme cut-back latest blow for Māori Television
Māori Broadcasting Spokesperson
Programme cut-back latest blow for Māori
News that beleaguered current
affairs programme, Native Affairs, will only get a
half hour slot next year is another slap in the face for the
staff at Māori Television, says Labour’s Māori
Broadcasting spokesperson, Peeni Henare.
the format of this award-winning show from an hour to 30
minutes represents a real loss to investigative journalism
in New Zealand.
“Native Affairs has been a
strong advocate for our people by investigating and breaking
important stories, and holding those in positions of power
to account. This capacity has now been severely
“The latest move adds to an already
long list of mismanagement at the broadcaster, including an
exodus of high profile senior staff, political interference,
blatant hypocrisy, and the spending of over $35,000 on a
refit of the Chief Executive’s office.
to see the unravelling of such an important taonga, and it
is time the Minster responsible for the broadcaster, Te
Ururoa Flavell, began doing just that - taking some
responsibility for protecting our language and people,”
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