June 25, 2015
Ministerial roles in conflict
Labour leader Andrew Little is keeping up the pressure on Te Ururoa Flavell to resign as Minister in Charge of Maori Television in light of questions over whether he played a part in a decision to scrap a Native Affairs debate on whanau ora.
The Maori Party co-leader denies talking to MTS head Paora Maxwell about the debate, despite the decision to can it being announced to staff within two hours of the two having a scheduled meeting.
Mr Little says Mr Flavell hasn't satisfactorily answered the questions still swirling about the incident.
He says there's a a broader question about whether his portfolios are creating a conflict of interest.
"Knowing that Maori TV is a broadcaster with its own news and current affairs programme, the one minister it is most likely to have to call to account and potentially be in conflict with is going to be the minister for Maori development so is it right he's the one who should therefore be responsible for Maori TV," Mr Little says.
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