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Who to contact

Sue Kedgley Spokesperson for Broadcasting Phone: (04) 817 6717 Fax: (04) 472 7116 Email: sue.kedgley@parliament.govt.nz Catherine Delahunty Spokesperson for Arts, Culture and Heritage Phone: (04) 817 8252 Fax: (04) 472 6003 Email: catherine.delahunty@parliament.govt.nz

What they say

From the Green Party's Broadcasting Policy:

Vision

We need a strong, diverse and independent media that contributes to the maintenance of effective democracy and Aotearoa New Zealand’s social, cultural, economic and environmental well-being. We acknowledge that the media plays a key role in:
  • Entertaining us all, so that we may enjoy each others’ achievements, triumphs and laughter; share our hopes, dreams and sorrows; and through story, song, documentary and drama, learn to respect and appreciate our common humanity and develop our sense of shared identity and purpose.
  • Educating the peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand, so that they can understand their own and each others history, place in the world, and possible futures;
  • Informing the citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand, so they will know whom they are voting for, be able to assess political parties’ visions for the future, and judge for themselves whether their elected representatives are acting in New Zealand’s best interests.

Key Principles

  1. We recognise the place of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a founding document of New Zealand, and the special place of Maori broadcasting.
  2. Citizens need timely and accurate information about their rights and responsibilities, knowledge of our political institutions and an appreciation of each others’ needs, interests and aspirations, these matters must be universally and freely available through broadcast media.
  3. The media should inform, educate and entertain in a manner that supports citizens to participate effectively in democracy.
  4. A vigorous, independent and diverse media is the cornerstone of a free society: the media are none of these things if they are predominantly controlled by the state, or owned and controlled by international media conglomerates, or dominated by local commercial monopolies.
  5. The media wield significant social, cultural and economic power, which must be used responsibly. An independent media should responsibly self-regulating - but self-regulation does not imply an absence of regulation: it must rest on the foundation of a strong regulatory framework that reinforces responsible self-management.
  6. There is no place for excessive levels of gratuitous violence, presented as “entertainment”, on free-to-air television.
  7. Non-violent resolution of political and social conflict is based on knowledge, acceptance and understanding of diverse communities; and of their needs, interests and aspirations.
See the Green Party's Broadcasting policy statement for detailed information on their specific policy initiatives.

How they responded to our email

Sue Kedgley replied within half a day of receiving our email, and has so far sent us a whole bunch of stuff, including speeches and emails written for the Wellington Public meeting. Thanks, Sue!
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