Censorship has no place on Maori Television

Te Wharepora Hou

The removal of the haka from the Te Iti Kahurangi performance at Te Matatini immediately raised the ire of our people. The hashtag #showthehaka emerged rapidly on Twitter and Facebook entries. Images calling for a return of the haka to its rightful place as a part of the full bracket went viral within hours. Comments flooded social media as to the inappropriateness and political censorship by Māori Television in their decision to edit out the haka.

Political censorship is something that Māori Television has long fought against. From its inception, and as a Board member in the early establishment phase for Māori Television, there has been strong advocacy for the independence of Māori Television to tell Māori stories, to challenge mainstream representations and to seek answers to critical issues facing our people. The key to doing this well, in my view, is telling Māori news, in a Māori way. The…

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