INDEPENDENT NEWS

Taxpayers' Money Wasted on New Maori Channel

Published: Tue 24 Jul 2001 06:26 PM
Tuesday, July 24 2001
Penny Webster
Press Releases -- Other
The Government will waste millions of dollars on a Maori television channel when it was offered a much cheaper and more effective option, ACT MP Penny Webster said today.
"Sky Television offered the Government in writing the opportunity of broadcasting six hours of Maori television a day at a cost of just $600,000 a year. As one third of all Maori already have a Sky decoder this would have been a very cost effective and practical step.
"Yet the Government dismissed this offer out of hand and the Minister has refused to release the letter outlining the offer.
"Instead, without being able to justify its decision the Government has jumped down the politically correct route with an option that will cost $55 million of taxpayers' money in the next five years.
"This is outrageous at a time when ill people are being turned away from hospitals and health authorities are being told the Government doesn't have the extra money they need.
"It seems the Government can always find money to feed Helen Clark's fixation for the arts.
"I think most New Zealanders who want good health services and a good education for their children will be appalled at the waste of their money," Penny Webster said.
For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

Next in New Zealand politics

PM to visit Japan and attend the UN General Assembly
By: New Zealand Government
PM's Post-Cab 16/9/19: A Way Forward
By: The Scoop Team
Gordon Campbell on allegations of left wing media bias
By: Gordon Campbell
Tighter gun laws for the safety of all
By: New Zealand Government
On Labour’s mishandling of the alleged sexual assault
By: Gordon Campbell
History rectified - Rua Kēnana to be pardoned
By: New Zealand Government
Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission appointed
By: New Zealand Government
NZ history to be taught in all schools
By: New Zealand Government
Jacinda Ardern accepts Labour Party President resignation
By: New Zealand Labour Party
Q+A: Louise Nicholas interviewed by Jack Tame
By: TVNZ
Labour abuse allegations investigator hires computer expert
By: RNZ
Ending Sexual Violence Together
By: Toah-Nnest
National: Bill may stop gunowners seeking mental health help
By: RNZ
Government runs from election year firearms debate
By: ACT New Zealand
Measured and reasonable approach to gun register
By: Police Association
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media