Te Māngai Pāho, Wellington, 24 October 2014: Te Māngai Pāho Chief Executive John Bishara says TVNZ’s decision to outsource Māori programme production from next year would further increase contestability and transparency in the allocation of public broadcasting funding, which is a key goal of Te Māngai Pāho.
“While the change will be disruptive and unsettling for the TVNZ staff in the impacted production team, ultimately we believe this change will result in greater transparency and aligns with TVNZ’s focus on being a ‘publisher’ rather than a producer of content,” he said.
Mr Bishara said he was pleased that TVNZ remained fully committed to its statutory obligations in respect of cultural diversity and a Māori perspective.
“We are also confident that TVNZ will respect its obligations as a ‘good employer’ and will assist existing production staff to become independent contractors where this is an option – Te Māngai Pāho will offer what support it can.”
About Te Māngai Pāho
Te Māngai Pāho’s role is to promote and revitalise Māori language and culture by funding broadcasters and Māori language programmes, Māori culture programmes and music producers to create cost effective products that can be distributed via a wide range of media. This year Te Māngai Pāho was selected to administer the government’s new Māori ICT fund which provides an important opportunity for New Zealand to extend its Māori broadcasting reach through new media channels.