June 19, 2020
Māori media short changed by bureaucrats
The head of Māori screen guild Ngā Aho Whakaari says she’s sick of bureaucrats telling people in the Māori media they’re worth less than their Pākehā counterparts.
The Ministry for Māori Development Te Puni Kōkiri is holding a fast track consultation on the Māori Media Shift Options Review, which proposes a single source for Māori news and current affairs.
Hineani Melbourne says once again Māori are being told there isn’t enough money to do what people actually working in the sector feel is needed.
"There is enough money to pay Māori bureaucrats the same as Pākehā bureaucrats in Wellington. There isn't enough money to pay Māori broadcasting the same as mainstream broadcasting, and that includes radio. I think iwi radio stations have been terribly underfunded," she says.
Hineani Melbourne says Māori pay taxes and are entitled to services both as citizens and as Māori and tangata whenua.
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