March 30, 2016
MTV shrugs off birthday concern
Maori Television celebrates its 12th birthday this week, but Labour is concerned at its future.
Maori broadcasting spokesperson Peeni Henare says the service was launched in 2004 by then Maori affairs minister Parekura Horomia, but he’s concerned that legacy is being diminished by bad management decisions.
He’s calling on the current minister Te Ururoa Flavell to confirm he’s confident the network is being managed appropriately and that the future of the reo-Maori channels will continue to be a living, engaging taonga for all New Zealanders.
Mr Henare says Mr Flavell’s pending Maori Language Bill will change the way Maori Television operates, and Labour will do its best to make sure the legislation enhances Maori language revitalisation efforts through broadcasting.
Rick Osborne, Maori Television’s head of corporate development, says the channel is focusing on marketing and promoting its new season of content including Game of Bros, Play, Kairakau and a refreshed Native Affairs show.”
He says a small function for staff was held to celebrate the 12th anniversary and recognise the effort made by many people over many decades to bring Maori Television to fruition.
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