MP eyes bill for te reo quota on air

The New Zealand Herald - - NEWS -

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.

Ta­mati Cof­fey

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