19 Mar 2014

Labour probes in Maori TV recruitment

8:26 pm on 19 March 2014

The Labour Party says the ministers in charge of Maori Television need to be up-front about whether Paora Maxwell has been made the head of the station.

The party's broadcasting spokesperson, Kris Faafoi, says sources have told him that Maori TV staff were being called to a meeting on Wednesday to announce the new chief executive.

Mr Maxwell's candidacy caused a stir late last year with the party saying his friendship with the Maori TV Board chairperson, Georgina Te Heuheu, was a conflict of interest.

Kris Faafoi says the ministers Bill English and Pita Sharples must say whether reports Paora Maxwell will be given the job are accurate.

And he says, if that is the case, the ministers must assure the public that the appointment process was robust.

Maori Television says it's standing by its statement put out on Monday that no formal offer has been made.