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Māori Party

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Tariana Turia Māori Party co-leader Email: t.turia@ministers.govt.nz Phone: (04) 817 6826 Fax: (04) 817 6526 Pita Sharples Māori Party co-leader Email: pita.sharples@parliament.govt.nz Phone: (04) 470 6951 (Parliament) Email: mptamakimakaurau@xtra.co.nz Phone: (09) 250 1254 (Electorate)

What they say

From the Māori Party's Election Policy:

Language Culture and Broadcasting

Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori Language is the key to Māori identity and culture. Te reo rangatira is the most precious gift our tupuna bequeathed to us to protect, maintain and share with the world. The Crown and its agencies must respect that hapu and iwi are the appropriate guardians of their respective reo - and the Crown's duty as a Treaty partner is to assist and support the iwi and hapu to fulfil their responsibilities. The Boards of Te Taura Whiri, Te Māngai Pāho, Te Waka Toi, Whakaata Maori and similar agencies with responsibilities protecting te reo me nga tikanga Maori should be jointly appointed by tangata whenua and the Crown. Government funding must be commensurate with the Crown's duty of active protection of the tino rangatiratanga of iwi in respect of their taonga.  The Māori Party will ensure the Crown's legal and moral duties to protect and promote te tino rangatiratanga of iwi and hapu in respect of their taonga are also carried out by mainstream cultural institutions, eg TVNZ, Radio New Zealand, Te Papa, QE II Art Council etc. The Party supports the view that TVNZ and Radio NZ should remain in public ownership, but show a greater responsiveness to the needs and aspirations of all peoples of Aotearoa. The Party supports the current framework for purchasing programmes and broadcasting services through NZ on AIR and Te Māngai Pāho. Both agencies should continue to have a focus on Māori programmes and services. The Party supports Māori broadcasting policy and resources being better developed through a co-ordinated approach with sectors such as education, training and business development. The Party also supports tangata whenua having a more direct stake in the resources provided for the promotion of Māori language, culture and economic development through broadcasting.

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