December 21, 2022
Māori media facing uncertainty
A contributor to the annual AUT New Zealand Media Ownership Report says there is uncertainty over the future development of Māori Media in 2023.
Atakohu Middleton reviews the Māori-language and Māori interest news sectors.
She says while Māori media can celebrate a substantial boost in funding – it’s all short term.
“Extra 40 million this year, extra 40 million next year, and most of that is going to Te Māngai Paho for content creation. So that’s actually a substantial achievement. What we don’t know though is how secure that’s going to be, after those couple of years,” Dr Middleton says.
She says Māori media really needs a longer term strategy – but a possible change in government and policy next year will add more uncertainty for Māori outlets.