23 Aug 2018

Willie Jackson backs oldest Māori radio station's bid for survival

From Morning Report, 6:17 am on 23 August 2018

The country's oldest Māori radio station has called upon former broadcaster Willie Jackson to save it from closure. Te Upoko o Te Ika, based in central Wellington, has been running for 33 years but the station could close within weeks if it doesn't get consent from its license holders to broadcast. Under recent crown agreements, the station's license was given to local iwi Ngāti Toa and Te Ati Awa. RNZ understands the iwi have proposed that Te Upoko o Te Ika merge with their own Hutt-based station or close down. Associate Minister for Māori Development, Willie Jackson, told RNZ's Te Manu Korihi reporter Te Aniwa Hurihanganui he will advocate for the station's future.