24 Oct 2013

Maori Language Commission accepts Maori TV apology

6:59 pm on 24 October 2013

The Maori Language Commission has accepted an apology by Maori Television, after it broadcast a report alleging financial mismanagement at the Government department.

When the story aired on Te Kaea last August, the commission said the claims were highly damaging to its reputation and to the reputation of its leadership team.

Last Friday, the channel broadcast an apology, saying its story was wrong.

That's been acknowledged by the Maori Language Commission - Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori.

Chief executive Glenis Philip-Barbara accepts the apology, saying the matter is now closed.

She says the two organisations have maintained a professional relationship despite the issue.

Ms Philip-Barbara says it was only one issue in a sea of work being done for the Maori language.

She says the fortunate thing about Maori organisations is that they have common goal, which is to ensure te reo remains a living language.