Board chairperson of Māori Television Georgina te Heuheu says the review of Māori Television is about ensuring the station is in the best position to operate in a fast-changing, multi-platform digital era.
“Māori Television has won the hearts and minds of New Zealanders since it started ten years ago. We are committed to making it even stronger,” says Georgina te Heuheu.
The board commissioned an independent company to review Māori Television more than two months ago following a long period of consideration from within the station about how its operations could be improved.
“The proposed structure is designed to refresh and renew the way in which Māori Television conducts its business,” says Mrs te Heuheu.
“I want to reiterate that the claims made by Mana leader Hone Harawira are completely untrue and we’re disappointed that an important organisational review has become political fodder in the lead-up to the General Election.
“I can give an absolute assurance that Te Kāea and Native Affairs will remain in place and the changes we’re proposing will make the news service stronger,” says Mrs te Heuheu.
The staff at Māori Television Service have been advised that the review process is on hold until the board consults with all the Māori Television stakeholders.
“This includes further consultation with the responsible Ministers, Minister of Māori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples and Minister of Finance Bill English and Te Pūtahi Pāoho about the review”, says Mrs te Heuheu.
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