August 13, 2013
Bureaucrat nest shaken
Labour’s Māori affairs spokesperson wants to see Māori agencies leave Wellington to get closer to the people they serve.
Shane Jones is questioning Te Māngai Pāho's decision to stay in its own expensive rented accommodation rather than take the opportunity to go into a new shared space with other Crown entities involved in media and broadcasting, New Zealand On Air, the Film Commission and The Broadcasting Standards Authority.
He says with funding tight, not only the Māori broadcast funding agency but the Māori language commission and other Māori agencies need to ask what they are doing in the capital.
"I says to Te Māngai Pāho if you are concerned about the nature of your funding base, then identify if it's more efficient and cheaper to run your offices and run your operations out of Whakatane or Rotorua and go to an area where you are closer to the actual community that on a day to day basis are putting the rhetoric into practice and actually speaking the language," Mr Jones says
He says entities like Te Māngai Pāho are part of the Māori public service, but they are not part of the Māori Wellington service.
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