6 Mar 2014

TVNZ & Maori TV talk broadcasting

8:02 pm on 6 March 2014

Television New Zealand says discussions about working with Maori Television to produce programmes are still alive.

TVNZ has appeared before MPs at Parliament to talk about revelations about the level of connections between its former head of Maori and Pacific Unit, Shane Taurima, and the Labour Party.

Chief executive of the state broadcaster Kevin Kendrick says both broadcasters could work together for the benefit of viewers.

He says he's being asked about the role of TVNZ versus the functions of Maori TV, and would consider working together to make cost-effective content.

But Mr Kendrick says TVNZ is also committed to its Maori and Pacific department.

He spoke about the unit's strengths, particularly producing the long-running archival documentary programme, Waka Huia.