MP eyes bill for te reo quota on air
A Labour MP is considering a member’s bill to increase te reo Maori on mainstream TV shows that get New Zealand On Air funding to a set target of between 10 and 20 per cent.
Waiariki MP and former broadcaster Tamati Coffey posted about the idea on his Facebook page in a bid to gauge how many would back the plan.
Coffey posted feedback from a viewer of the Moving Out With Tamati programme, which he hosted, saying how much they enjoyed hearing both English and Maori spoken during the programmes.
“I guess my TV show is living proof there is another way,” Coffey said. He said about 10 per cent of the show was in te reo.
“While there has been much debate about whether te reo Maori should be compulsory in schools, ensuring it is spoken on television will mean many Kiwis can passively learn the language.”
Te Arawa kaumatua Sir Toby Curtis congratulated Coffey and wished him well in his quest.
Television and radio host Stacey Morrison said she understood the MP was working on details before forming a bill.
Coffey said he would gauge feedback, do research and talk to his colleagues before deciding on whether to draft legislation.