A Switch in Power
Sharples states he is currently the one selecting board members, a job he does not feel like he should be carrying out. The recommendation originally springs from a report issued in 2011 by the Te Paepae Motuhake, a panel appointed by Sharples and other Ministers. In response to it, the Minister of Māori Affairs has proposed the creation of a new pan-tribal electoral college under the name of Te Matawai. Its purpose would be mainly to remove the State control over Māori language-related programmes by choosing who should be appointed to the boards.
John Bishara, The Chief Executive of the Te Māngai Pāho (the entity which would be affected by the changes), has been cooperating with his own views and suggestions to improve the Board and its workings. He added that the proposal will surely be fuelling controversy and debate, but warned everyone that it was important to keep the Te Māngai Pāho and everyone working in it focused on their everyday chores.
The Māori Language Commission and The Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency
The Māori Language Commission was created with the aim of maintaining and further fostering the development of the Māori language in New Zealand, as well as ensuring the quality of the language is not compromised. The Commission is also in charge of creating resources and corpus for the learning of Māori language and promoting its development, so that it can continue to be useful in the present and future. The Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency, established in 1993, is dedicated to providing funds for the development of Māori programmes and music for television and radio. The Agency currently funds 21 radio stations and provides funds for the Māori Television Service to produce in-house programmes of their own.