No Māori representation on Public Media Panel

National MP Nuk Korako has criticised the lack of Māori  representation on a public broadcasting ministerial advisory group, and Associate Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson hoped a Māori representative would be elected.

Korako has hit a raw nerve claiming Labour is paying lip service when it comes to its commitment to Māori, with Minister for Broadcasting Clare Curran saying she’s aware of criticisms.

Stuff:  National MP slams Public Media Advisory Board for lack of Māori representation

National MP Nuk Korako is slamming a public broadcasting ministerial advisory group for having no Māori representation.

The group has been established to investigate setting up a public media funding commission to advise parliament on the state of the media and resourcing needs of public media.

It’s a concern that there’s no Māori voice on the Public Media Panel, Korako says.

“Māori Television, Radio Waatea, Te Hiku Radio, all of these are actually reliant on public funds and they have not got a voice on this advisory group.”

Seems like a good point.

Minister for Broadcasting Clare Curran says she’s aware of National’s criticisms.

Curran says the panel of four has only had two meetings. Te Kāea has been told there is the possibility of another panel position.

“We’re open to adding a Māori representative on that panel,” she says.

It looks like someone has slipped up here.

Associate Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson hoped a Māori representative would be elected.

Curran should be aware of more than National’s criticisms.

Labour met last night to discuss the future direction of the broadcasting space.

Curran says “We discussed a range of things- mainly big picture- around how we can work together, what some of the pressures are in Māori Broadcasting and right across the broadcasting sector.  We’re absolutely focused on how we can do things better. It’s still early days.”

Curran says she and Māori Broadcasting Minister Nanaia Mahuta expect to meet to discuss how they can work more closely in this space.

Including Māori input in the Public Media Panel would be a good start.

16 Comments

  1. sorethumb

     /  March 22, 2018

    Of course if a Maori comes on as a representative they’ll be a Pakeha too?
    I would like to see more ginga representatitves.

  2. Corky

     /  March 22, 2018

    White man racism. Looks like those merry socialists have been caught out again not living up to their ideals. Of course, any Maori with half a brain knows Maori always get more from National.

    • Gezza

       /  March 22, 2018

      It’s the Maori with a full brain that are the key demographic.

      • Gezza

         /  March 22, 2018

        PS: Doesn’t Simon say he and Paula are Maori? And doesn’t he say Maori always get more from National?

      • Corky

         /  March 22, 2018

        For Labour.

    • Zedd

       /  March 22, 2018

      ‘Of course, any Maori with half a brain knows Maori always get more from National’. sez Corky

      The only reason that this maybe anywhere near the truth.. being the Natl party have several WEALTHY maori in their caucus & they likely keep reminding them.. its good politics to keep their ‘self-interests’ happy.. else they would likely not care either way;
      Reminder: money, money & MONEY are Natl’s; 123 priorities

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 22, 2018

        What happened to all the homeless and children in poverty, Zedd?

        Suddenly vanished since Saint Jacinda got elected? Money is irrelevant to solving their problems suddenly? We can waste it to fly empty planes to Kapiti and Kaitaia and ban oil exploration because we don’t need it anymore.

        • Blazer

           /  March 22, 2018

          they’re still there Al…hopefully we will address their situation.If you want to talk about wasting money…Joyce,Key,McCully are the undisputed…champions.

      • Corky

         /  March 22, 2018

        Hmmmm..Lol. Who knows? You don’t. But let’s say you are right. The outcome is the same – Maori get more from National. But they only get house negra treatment from Labour- in my opinion.

      • Trevors_elbow

         /  March 22, 2018

        What rubbish. National dont see Maori voters as their possession as Laboir do… so they actual deliver for them and try and win their support. Labour treats them like endentured serfs…

  3. Pickled Possum

     /  March 22, 2018

    “Pork, the only trained house negro on the place, had general supervision over the other servants, but even he had grown slack and careless after several years of exposure to Gerald’s happy-go-lucky mode of living”.
    Gone With the Wind

  4. PartisanZ

     /  March 23, 2018

    I don’t understand how and why the ‘NZ Conservative Coalition’ pops up all the time on here?

    I love their home page & headline image though – Who DOESN’T FIT in this happy family picture?

    Why, its the little brown boy. Is he ‘adopted’ or something?

    Happily assimilated into the 3 generation Pakeha family depicted …

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