November 13, 2013
Maxwell counters Curran slurs
Parliament’s Speaker has admitted into the official record a statement from Paora Maxwell countering allegations made against him by Labour MP Clare Curran.
Ms Curran used questions over the process for appointing a new chief executive for Maori Television to allege that Mr Maxwell left his job at Television New Zealand’s general manager of Maori and Pacific programmes without a reference and under a cloud of financial and staff mismanagement.
Mr Maxwell says he left because he was satisfied with the work he had done, and with a reference from the head of news and current affairs.
He says his production company does not owe money to Maori broadcast funding agency Te Mangai Paho, as Ms Curran alleged, and he was one of a handful of people with the senior management experience to fill the role of Maori Television’s chief executive.
Te Rangikaheke Bidois, the chair of Te Maru o Ngati Rangiwewehi, says Ms Curran had trampled on Mr Maxwell’s mana and that of his iwi, and she should now apologise or resign.
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