Topics: Entertainment, NZ Music

Māori artists upset after not making airtime during VNZMA

By Harata Brown

The biggest event of New Zealand's music industry was televised live by Mediaworks.  However, a number of awards including Best Māori Album were cut off from airtime, leaving some Māori artists upset.

Tama Waipara says, “"It's disgusting and it's not surprising but it is extremely disappointing and moreover, it's unconstitutional.”

The success of Māori artists such as Marlon Williams, Six60 and Trinity Roots who received top awards last night was all captured on live television.  But the Best Māori Album, which was awarded to Ranea Aperahama for his album Tihei Mauriora, unfortunately did not make the cut. 

In a written response by the live broadcaster Mediaworks, they said:  "We can't broadcast the entire awards ceremony without commercial breaks, so many awards aren't televised."

Furthermore another five awards were also not televised.  But Tama Waipara still isn't satisfied.

“Enough is enough.  You know NZ On Air, Mediaworks, Vodafone I think it's time to call out the funders and say, it's time to honour your Treaty partnership.  You know this is not partnership," says Waipara.

Waipara has laid a formal complaint to NZ On Air, NZ Music Industry Commission and Recorded Music NZ.  

Recorded Music NZ has responded wanting to resolve the issue with Waipara and other artists in an upcoming meeting.