Māori Television has withdrawn the series Jonah from Tonga.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.
"This means that as a leading indigenous broadcaster we have a responsibility to present all cultures with a degree of respect and aroha not least those of our Pacific whanaunga," Mrs te Heuheu added. A replacement show Te Taumata Kapahaka will go to air next Thursday evening.
Māori Television will not be providing any further comment.