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NAW supports Pasifika request for more consultation

Ngā Aho Whakaari, Auckland, 8 November 2014: Following the Pacific Islands Media Association Fono with TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick, the Ngā Aho Whakaari board supports their request for more time to consult with the wider Pacific community before further decisions are made around outsourcing the production of Māori and Pacific programmes.

Tagata Pasifika and Fresh are the only TVNZ productions currently being made specifically for, by and about the Pacific communities and the expectation is to announce options for their future independent production by the end of the month.

“These productions have shared a long history with Waka Huia and Marae Investigates at TVNZ and they are a part of who we are as a wider Māori and Pacific broadcasting community,” says Ngā Aho Whakaari board member Lanita Ririnui-Ryan.

“They play an integral part in representing and connecting our Pacific genealogy and deserve more time for consultation with the wider community in order to deliver the best possible option – not be rushed into ticking boxes.”

With the next funding round not until August 2015, shifting the timeframe for decisions around future production to March 2015 is more likely to produce a better plan.

On Friday TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick faced another audience at the Ngā Aho Whakaari National Conference at AUT Marae. Feedback was of a similar nature to that of the Pacific Fono. Māori in the screen industry continued to question TVNZ’s commitment to Māori programming and Māori owned production companies.

“We are facing similar issues and are united in our request for more consideration and consultation in future planning from TVNZ as a state owned broadcaster,” says Ririnui-Ryan.