5 May 2010

Second class treatment perceived by Maori radio station

9:42 am on 5 May 2010

An iwi radio station in Northland says Maori radio is being treated as second class by the Ministry for Economic Development.

Waatea News reports Ngati Hine FM is being forced to re-tune from its 99.5 and 96.4 FM frequencies to 99.1 and 99.6 as part of a rearrangement of spectrum in advance of the shift to digital broadcasting.

Station manager Mike Kake says Maori have been dealt a bad hand by the ministry.

Ngati Hine FM, took the iwi station of the year category at the recent New Zealand Radio Awards.