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A member of a group conducting an inquiry into the state of public interest broadcasting and media in New Zealand says she wants to hear Maori voices in the debate.

The inquiry held its first workshop in Wellington yesterday, and it will travel around the country, ending in Auckland in late March.

Kay Ellmers from Ngati Tamateraa and Ngati Raukawa, who has produced shows such as Marae Kai Kasters and Kia Mau!, says the media landscape is changing radically and public broadcast funding needs to keep up.

She says there has been a tendency in recent years to see Te Mangai Paho as taking responsibility off New Zealand on Air to fund Maori programming.

"We still need strong Maori voices and perspectives in those spaces. We still need the Maori audience to be delivered to by those mechanisms as well. This is in addition to what we can do with the money from Te Mangai Paho via the iwi radio network, via Maori Television. That does not abrogate the responsibility of New Zealand on Air to also deliver to Maori needs," Ms Ellmers says.

The next workshop organised by the Coalition for Better Broadcastng and Action Station is in Dunedin next Sunday.


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