25 May 2012

Iwi radio receives funding cut

6:27 am on 25 May 2012

The Budget has delivered a cut for iwi radio, which was set up more than 20 years ago to promote the Maori language and local dialects.

The network of 21 iwi radio stations from Kaitaia to Christchurch expected the cut of $600,000 to their funding this year and have made adjustments to live within their means.

Maori radio federation Te Whakaruruhau chairman Willie Jackson says over the past two decades iwi radio has learnt to live on a limit budget and the cut won't have any significant effect on any of the government-funded stations.

He says there's no radical change or difference to the way iwi stations operate.

Mr Jackson says the network has a good relationship with Te Mangai Paaho (Maori Broadcasting Funding Agency) which signalled to it that unfortunately due to financial constraints iwi radio would not get any extra money in this year's Budget.

He says iwi radio is resilient and he is confident it will continue to thrive and service its communities despite a drop in government funding.