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Māori: The heart or the fringe dwellers of future NZ media

Hineani Melbourne
      25th February 2020


New Zealand media needs to change to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving media landscape but is the government’s proposed merger of Radio NZ and TVNZ into a new public broadcaster entity the answer?   Will Māori be the heart of any changes or continue to be pushed to the fringes?
Minister of Broadcasting Kris Fa’afoi admits the future of New Zealand’s media is uncertain and says changes have to be made if there is to be a strong viable public broadcasting service.
PwC has been hired to produce a business case for a new public broadcasting entity, and to see whether the merger of TVNZ and Radio NZ into a new public broadcasting entity is a practical and workable solution.
The proposed merger moved a step closer with the chief executives of both organisations fronting up to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation select committee last week.
There’s still a lot of debate about the benefits with Radio NZ chief executive Paul Thompson saying a…

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