Concerns over lack of Māori representatives in NZOA Innovation Fund

Concerns over lack of Māori representatives in NZOA Innovation Fund

Yesterday, Ngā Aho Whakaari listened with interest to Clare Curran, Minister of Broadcasting’s
allocation of $15 million of public media funding.
A $6 million Innovation Fund to “drive more public media content for under-served audiences, such
as Māori and Pacifica People’s, children and regional New Zealand,” struck a nerve with our
membership.
The new Innovation Fund will see NZOA commission content in a joint venture with RNZplus.
By placing the commissioning of Māori content in the hands of mainstream organisations, the
Minister and her advisors have continued to demonstrate their lack of regard for their treaty partner
by placing decisions for the funding in the hands of those who are not equipped to make decisions
on behalf of Māori.
The Minister and her advisors, and this includes the Advisory Group, have ignored requests from our
sector to add a Māori representative to the Advisory Group, despite the fact that there was room.
How best to allocate the funding should have included Te Māngai Pāho at the very least. TMP are
the primary funder for Māori content and to not include them is insulting.
We are clearly disappointed with Minister Curran’s decision in ignoring the requests by Māori
representatives to sit at the review table. We also want to know why Te Puni Kōkiri have not
asserted their advisory role and insisted that a Māori representative was included in the Advisory
Group.

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