The TV Guide - - MR TELLY -

I won­dered how long it would be be­fore folks started grip­ing about hav­ing to hear te reo M ori on Mov­ing Out With Ta­mati (TVNZ 1, Sat, 7pm). I feel the same about rugby. I know it’s one of our of­fi­cial na­tional games, but I don’t like it “shoved in my face”, es­pe­cially when it’s in prime­time and in­ter­rupts my per­sonal view­ing plea­sure. I’d re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it if there was no men­tion of rugby on the pro­grammes I like to watch and that all rugby got moved to the sports chan­nels be­cause that’s what they’re for. A lot of New Zealan­ders don’t like rugby, so why can’t those who do just look for it else­where? I’m sorry, do I sound like a self­ish, en­ti­tled, un­in­formed bigot? Ac­tu­ally, I don’t like rugby much, but un­like those com­plain­ing about one of our na­tional lan­guages on TV, I don’t let it stop me en­joy­ing the shows that may fea­ture it. This is be­cause I choose not to be of­fended by things I don’t un­der­stand. To those who don’t un­der­stand the cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance and im­por­tance of our na­tive lan­guage fea­tured on na­tional TV, per­haps you might want to think about that. Take all the time you need. K Barker (Welling­ton)

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