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Maori TV pile-drives taxpayers

Published: Fri 16 Feb 2018 01:12 PM
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Maori TV pile-drives taxpayers
16 FEBRUARY 2018
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The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says it’s absurd that taxpayers are now funding the broadcast of WWE episodes.
According to legislation, the aim of Maori Television is to ‘promote Māori language and culture’ with a service ‘that informs, educates, and entertains a broad viewing audience, and, in doing so, enriches New Zealand's society, culture, and heritage’.
Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Taxpayer funding for episodes Smackdown and Raw will not enrich New Zealand’s culture.”
“Taxpayer money that’s meant to promote Maori culture is being sent to the US to import commercial junk. Maori Television has lost sight of the original purpose of taxpayer-funded TV, and taxpayers are now down for the count.”
“In Opposition, Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran championed quality public service broadcasting. Is this really what she meant?”
ENDS
New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
New Zealand's grassroots campaign for lower taxes and less government waste
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