November 11, 2014
Authenticity criteria for Maori outsourcing
TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick has indicated Maori production houses have the inside running for contracts to make the channel’s Maori programmes.
The state broadcaster is outsourcing production of magazine programmes like Marae, Waka Huia and its Pacific offerings, and only keeping Te Karere news in house.
Mr Kenrick elaborated on the plan at the weekend at the Nga Aho Whakaari hui for Maori working in screen and television.
He told Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson that TVNZ is working closely with funding agencies Te Mangai Paho and New Zealand On Air to develop its outsourcing criteria.
"Very much the TVNZ perspective that we are pushing and encouraging here is that people need to have an authentic connection with the community to be able to earn the right to do those shows and we hope to influence the criteria in such a way that we guide the choice of independent production company along those ," Mr Kenrick says.
He says with fewer dedicated Maori programme makers in the organisation, TVNZ will need to look at taking specific actions to maintain and enhance its engagement with Maori and Pasifika communities.
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