Maori chan­nel ditches Aussie- made series

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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