Māori Television has withdrawn the series Jonah from Tonga.
Once the full Board of Māori Television became aware of the screening of the programme on Thursday evening, a decision was made then to pull the series. Chair of the Board Georgina te Heuheu says the values of Māori Television include respecting all communities.
"We are a Māori media outlet with our own standards, and a mandate to protect and promote the Māori language and culture," says Mrs te Heuheu.
Julian Dennison, Taika Waititi, Mike King and Graham Hoete among finalists. After a stellar inaugural event last year, Māori Television and Te Puni Kōkiri are excited to announce the finalists for 2017’s Matariki Awards. The annual event celebrates and honours extraordinary Māori talent and achievement across a broad range of fields and industries.
Research on the impact of Māori Television on te reo Māori, shows that it plays a vital role in the normalisation and revitalisation of the Māori language.
The 2016 project Māori Broadcasting Language Impact Evaluation, conducted by Kantar TNS and Colmar Brunton, was a joint venture between Māori Television and Te Māngai Pāho. Māori Television CEO Pāora Maxwell says that the research also indicates that Māori Television has a positive impact on the intergenerational transmission of te reo in the home.
The Chief Executive of Māori Television Paora Maxwell has announced his resignation from the broadcaster. Maxwell said it has been a tremendous privilege to have led Māori Television through a challenging era for the entire industry.
Māori Television continues to be the leading free-to-air broadcaster to play the most local content.
NZ On Air’s 2016 Local Content New Zealand Television report released today showed that Māori Television led all other free-to-air broadcasters of local content with 5184 hours – equivalent to 86% of its schedule. That compares with 40% for TVNZ 1 and 39% for Three.
Māori Television’s online viewership of Te Matatini shows an overwhelming increase from the 2015 event. Te Matatini is New Zealand’s largest kapahaka event involving 47 teams competing for 18 trophies and is held biennially. Māori Television is the main broadcaster of the event and is the broadcasting ‘Home of Haka’.
Chief Executive Officer Paora Maxwell says the growth of demand for viewing content online reflects how audiences now wish to watch big events such as Te Matatini and has resulted in a decline in traditional television viewing.