Maori channel ditches Aussie- made series
THE board of Maori Television has withdrawn the series Jonah from Tonga from the channel.
New Zealand’s Minister for Pacific Peoples, Alfred Ngaro, has said the series perpetuates negative stereotypes of Pacific people.
The Australian series, written by and starring comedian Chris Lilley, follows a rebellious boy of Tongan descent who had been introduced in Lilley’s 2007 series Summer Heights High.
Georgina te Heuheu, the chair of Maori Television, said the values of Maori Television included respecting all communities.