February 10, 2020
TVNZ-RNZ merger spotlight leaves Maori in shade
The New Zealand Māori Council wants to see a boost for Māori broadcasting included in the business case for merging Radio New Zealand and Television New Zealand.
Executive Director Matthew Tukaki says while the focus is on the mainstream broadcasters, Māori Television and radio are languishing.
"We have not seen investment in our people through infrastructure to allow them to tell our stories. I don't know one iwi radio station that isn't operating on a tight budget or just below the line. Constantly needing to find creative ways of topping the budget up just to maintain what they're currently doing as opposed to growing," he says.
Mr Tukaki says the current situation isn't what the Māori Council and other Māori organisations fought so hard for.
He wants to see $50 million invested over the next five years towards infrastructure and a further $50 million to invest in job opportunities.
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