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Māori after-thought in broadcast innovation fund
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Māori screen artists feel Māori are an after-thought in a new broadcasting innovation fund.

Broadcasting Minister Clare Curren has announced $6 million for public media content for under-served audiences such as Māori and Pacific peoples, children and regional New Zealand, to be administered jointly by Radio New Zealand and New Zealand on Air.

Erina Tamepo from industry group Ngā Aho Whakaari says the Minister is overhauling public broadcasting with no Māori input and no Māori say on what gets funded.

She says Ngā Aho Whakaari is urging Māori producers to make proposals for the funding, because every little bit helps.

She says Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta should have insisted Māori have a seat at the table.

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