17 Dec 2013

Proposed Maori electoral college to oversee board appointments

7:56 am on 17 December 2013

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples wants appointments to the boards of the Maori Language Commission and the Maori Broadcasting Funding Agency to be made by tribes - not the Government.

Pita Sharples.

Pita Sharples. Photo: MAORI PARTY

The recommendations come from an independent review panel, Te Paepae Motuhake, which held meetings around the country and issued a report in 2011, Te Reo Mauri Ora.

Dr Sharples says at the moment he's having to select board members to Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, and Te Mangai Paho, which he feels isn't the job of a minister, but instead should come from a new pan-tribal electoral college.

He says he's making the changes because the state is controlling the delivery of significant Maori programmes that promote the Maori language.

Dr Sharples says he wanted to give that authority back to Maori and created a new body called Te Matawai.

He says Te Matawai will be made up of iwi nominations who will appoint those board members.

Under the proposal Te Putahi Paho - the group that appoints the Maori TV Board will also come under the control of the new body, Te Matawai - which will make two appointments to the board of NZ On Air.

There will be more consultation hui around the country in January.