23 Jun 2010

Maori to meet again over television spectrum

5:55 am on 23 June 2010

Maori broadcasters, iwi and spectrum claimants are meeting in Taranaki next week for an update on talks with the Crown over how Maori might benefit from frequencies freed up in the switch from analogue to digital television.

Piripi Walker from Nga Kaiwhakapumau i te Reo, the Wellington Maori language board, says there was agreement at a hui in Mangere in February to make a fresh claim.

The claim is based on a 1999 finding by the Waitangi Tribunal that Maori must have hands-on ownership and management of spectrum if they are to make it in the "knowledge economy".

Mr Walker told Waatea News officials are preparing a paper to present to Cabinet next month, but there is still a lot of distance between the two sides.

The hui is at Kairau Marae near New Plymouth on 29 and 30 June.