Maori TV bonuses

December 21st, 2012 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

James Ihaka at NZ Herald reports:

Many Maori Television staff will start the Christmas break with an extra $500 in their pockets at a cost of $78,000 to the taxpayer-funded station.

The station’s chief executive, Jim Mather, said the decision to award 156 staff the extra payment was “a statement of appreciation” and made smart business sense despite figures released to the Herald showing viewership ratings are poor.

I’m sorry but I think this is a non story. A $500 Xmas bonus is hardly over the top, and is not designed to be a commercial channel. The viewership ratings are abysmal, but they actually produce some great shows such as Native Affairs.

The station reported a surplus of $775,000 for the last financial year to June 30.

So they are living within their means.

Maori Television receives $16.6 million in direct state funding and $16.1 million from Te Mangai Paho.

It also receives about $20 million via the Te Mangai Paho contestable fund, which is paid directly to independent producers.

So the $78,000 of bonuses is around 0.15% of their revenue.

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103 Responses to “Maori TV bonuses”

  1. DylanReeve (166 comments) says:

    It’s a total non-story.

    $78,000 is the salary of 1-2 people. Are The Herald going to audit every job at Maori TV (and all other taxpayer funded organisations) and tell us exactly where we’re spending irresponsibly?

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  2. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    FFS, who gives a damn about a few $500 bonuses?

    If the Nats were worth a pinch of goat shit they’d be concerned about the $50 million being stolen from taxpayers, and the fact that it was being used to promote racism and seperatism.

    Meanwhile John Nero Key dances and fiddles and has fake gay marriage ceremonies with imbeciles.

    Just a bunch of politically incoherent inarticulate losers and racist panderers.

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  3. flipper (4,050 comments) says:

    Assuming it is not part of an employment contract, and is regarded as an ex-gratia payment in appreciation for good work beyond norms, GREAT, I am all for it.

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  4. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    This means nothing as we have no point of reference for it. Like MPs’ salaries, the issues isn’t so much the level of bonus / increase it’s the base remuneration to which it’s being added. Whether that is low, average or high then gives us a basis from which to determine whether the increase is justified.

    If the staff at Maori TV are working away on low salaries out of dedication to the station’s raison d’etre (and in my experience, many people in broadcasting do just that) then $500 is well deserved. If they’re on average salaries then it’s still not enough to matter. But if they are already being overpaid for the jobs they do, it’s yet another example of unjusitified largesse when others are being told they must lower their expectations.

    So is there anywhere we can get Maori TV salaries broken down into bands (which the newspaper should have done)? Otherwise this is a meaningless story.

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  5. Ryan Sproull (7,109 comments) says:

    They play good movies too, sometimes.

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  6. Liberty (267 comments) says:

    Living within their means
    What a load of bunkum.
    Maori Television lives of a hand out.
    It should be funded by advertising. As should Radio NZ
    Now I have no problem with Maori Television they do a great job.
    Now they are established along with Radio NZ . Should be weaned of the state tit.
    This would also include the closing of NZ on air.
    It is not the role of State to provide public entertainment.

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  7. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    All the cash they get from Chris Finlayson and on top of that we’ve got to pay for their friggin TV station?

    And taxes just keep going up and up?

    Just so crazy and irrational it could only be seen as unremarkable under the current progressive social/ politcal paradigm.

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  8. Manolo (13,734 comments) says:

    The viewership ratings are abysmal, but they actually produce some great shows such as Native Affairs.

    The mind boggles. Wellington elite-speak, anyone?

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  9. Longknives (4,737 comments) says:

    50 million from the taxpayer a year and the best they can produce is overdubbing Mr Ed into Maori and playing it Primetime Saturday night?
    I’ll say it- Fucking Rort!
    Enjoy your Christmas bonus fraudsters.

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  10. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    Complaining about the bonuses is being pennywise and pound foolish. Any good organisation should reward its staff well. The problem is that the channel itself is a massive, money-sucking white elephant.

    If we are going to fritter hardworking New Zealanders’ money away on television (TELEVISION, FFS!) then why not help an excellent privately owned public service station like Triangle extend their signal range and let some of these newly rich Iwi fund quality programmes for their people to play on it? It will do the same thing for much less money, and allow Maori to own the programmes, rather than get out their begging bowl for whitey to fund them.

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  11. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Te Reo Mr Ed is pretty good, yes. I find it hysterically funny. as Ryan said, they do have good movies. Anyone see ‘The Strength of Water’ a couple of weeks ago. Superb NZ film. Maori TV is quickly become our national TV channel and should probably get more funding in recognition of the excellent job it does.

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  12. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    It’s high time Maori TV was funded by wealthy IWI.

    On this, Redbaiter is right. Surely we have reached the stage where the gazzillions which have been transferred to Iw as ‘settlement’ of past injustices should be used for such things as Maori TV?

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  13. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    Resident communist troll Milkymoron- It makes no difference that debt to support extravagant government expenditure like this is slowly choking the country to death, let’s talk about unicorns.

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  14. Longknives (4,737 comments) says:

    “Te Reo Mr Ed is pretty good, yes. I find it hysterically funny”

    You don’t find it a little underwhelming that this is the best they can do despite us throwing hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars at the channel?

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  15. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Sliming back are we baity? Can’t stay away?

    Instead of talking about unicorns, why don’t we talk about gorillas? Can you think of any?

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  16. Manolo (13,734 comments) says:

    When comrade mike supports it, you know the initiative ought to be bad for for NZ.

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  17. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    milkymuggins

    Mr Ed in Te Reo with subtitles is not only not Mr Ed, it’s ridiculous.

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  18. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Did Reddy’s Mum just read him a story about unicorns? Was it a bit frightening?

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  19. Longknives (4,737 comments) says:

    “Instead of talking about unicorns, why don’t we talk about gorillas? Can you think of any?”

    I don’t get it.

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  20. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    No, she appears to have read him a story about gorillas.

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  21. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Patience Longknives, patience.

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  22. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Te Reo Mr Ed is ridiculous. Ridiculously, riotously funny.

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  23. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    And Blairm is right- FTA television is a business model well past its use by date and based on derelict technology.

    There is no way taxpayer funds should be used on such a dinosauric idea but National say nothing and do nothing to end this extravagance and a legion of similar extravagances where taxpayer money is similarly wasted on pandering to racists or Marxists or both.

    They just keep spending and they just keep taxing and they just keep borrowing.

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  24. Longknives (4,737 comments) says:

    I thought we were talking about Mr Ed?

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  25. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    DVM
    Can we tell Longknives about Reddy’s latest indiscretion?

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  26. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    Oh look Mikey’s troll buddy Davincimoron is here and as always, is frantically trying to draw attention from any criticism of John Nero Key’s befuddled and impotent Nats.

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  27. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Befuddled and impotent they may be, but at least they have the good sense to fund a bit of public broadcasting.

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  28. Longknives (4,737 comments) says:

    I’m confused- I would have thought Maori activists wouldn’t have been huge fans of a TV show from evil White America in the early 60s. I’m going back to wind up the David Bain supporters…

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  29. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Te Reo Mr Ed’s just a cheap and entertaining gimmick, that’s all.

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  30. kowtow (8,428 comments) says:

    It’s not a white elephant,it’s a brown one. So a few hundred bucks is nothing? It’s all part of the brownmail that this country is being held hostage to.

    Some folk here think that tens of millions of taxpayers money is good value for a few repeated movies…….well that’s socialism for you. A broke country spending a fortune when the punters could be renting DVD’s if they want to watch a flick.

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  31. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    milkmilo:

    Maori TV is quickly become our national TV channel and should probably get more funding in recognition of the excellent job it does.

    Jesus wept! Has someone spiked your egg nog, Milkmilo? 8O

    Firstly, (on the assumption that the staff receiving these bonus payments have earned them via measurable KPIs and as part of their IEC’s), these bonus payments have been earned and good on them.

    But the elephant in the room is that this is a taxpayer funded extravagance that should be killed off at the earliest opportunity. “Kia Ora Wilbur”….. Nah. :(

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  32. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    They have lots of good docos too. Their best movies are ones they have commissioned or part-funded, etc.

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  33. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    frantically trying to draw attention from any criticism of John Nero Key’s befuddled and impotent Nats.

    No not really. Plenty of people criticise Key that without your encouragement as it is old dear.

    It’s just that you left in such rush, we didn’t get to find out why you think Michelle Obama is a gorilla. Why is that? I must admit to being somewhat perplexed. I could understand it if she was male, 6′ 6″, 20 stone and chizzled like Arnie, but she isn’t. Or is that just how you see her or more particularly, would like to see her. Looking like a Chippendale? Do you like the Chippendales ‘baity?

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  34. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I think he went outside to play. What a shame.

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  35. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    Davincimoron is a paid National party employee and that is why David Farrar allows him to troll with impunity. For all of the cowardly insults and the insufferable and narcissistic attempts to be witty and gay, and always off topic, he is yet to receive even a slight admonishment let alone any demerits.

    But hell, by something like the 20th comment this thread is mired down in troll bullshit which, on Kiwiblog anyway, is always the preferred option to having the Nats criticised from the right.

    Right ??????????

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  36. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    DVM has a charmed life, whereas Reddy is constantly picked on. Life is just soooo unfair.

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  37. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    Actually baity dear boy, the troll shit started piling up after you cacked your pullups on post #2.

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  38. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Yes, Reddy’s first comment on this thread: ‘politically incoherent inarticulate losers and racist panderers’. Who did that remind me of?

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  39. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Were you confused ‘baity?

    Was it “unicorn” you meant to type, rather than “gorilla”. After all, a “unicorn” is a magical creature and a rare “jewell”. Is that what you meant to say?

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  40. greenjacket (465 comments) says:

    So let’s get this right – the taxpayer is forking out $53 million a year for a TV station no-one actually watches.

    And the staff of the TV station that NO-ONE WATCHES get a bonus?

    WTF?

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  41. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    okeydokey

    His opening, rather robust and seemingly irritated initial comment suggests that he hasn’t changed his pullups since he cacked them the other day.

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  42. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I watch it. Next you will be saying I am that no one.

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  43. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    the taxpayer is forking out $53 million a year for a TV station no-one actually watches

    Not true. Milky watches Mr Ed.

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  44. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    TDM, you would have thought, given how much time he spends with his hands down the front of them he would be changing them regularly. It would appear that even basic hygiene is a stretch.

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  45. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Next you will be saying I am that no one.

    Will I, won’t I …

    No I can’t. ;)

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  46. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    It’s always interesting to observe how the left trolls of National team up with the far left trolls of Labour to attempt to denigrate and discredit any criticism from the right.

    Showing the truth that National and Labour are both of the same ideological cut and adopt the same Alinsky style strategies to deal with their opponents. They are both the same, Davincimoron and Milkymoron birds of feather. Dedicated to preserving the socialist status quo.

    Be so funny if John Gay Marriage Key is forced into a coalition with the Conservative Party.

    Wonder if Colin will support spending $50 million of taxpayer money on outdated technology that panders to racists and separatists.

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  47. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    okeydokey

    Please, just don’t go any further :(

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  48. john.bt (170 comments) says:

    The ‘$78,000 is around 0.15% of bonuses is around 0.15% of their revenue’ comment reminded me of another recent DPF comment when he said something like ‘Who cares about $2,000,000 out of a budget of $80 billion?’ when posting about that Bain chap who probably killed his family. I fecking care!

    It is no wonder some consider DPF a pinko and a traitor to the VRWC.

    A few years back I read an article by the Maori Language Commissioner who stated that despite government departments spending $400 million a year (it’s now $500 million) promoting the Maori language there were less than 20,000 fluent Maori speakers in the country. This makes Maori TV and radio a sick joke on the longsuffering taxpayer as obviously most Maori do not care about their language.

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  49. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Yes, yes, yes, we’ve heard all that before.

    But this Michelle Obama = gorilla thing is new. Please explain.

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  50. Kea (12,770 comments) says:

    Instead of talking about unicorns, why don’t we talk about gorillas? Can you think of any?

    If your so offended by racist comments, then why are you not speaking out against a race based TV channel ?

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  51. kowtow (8,428 comments) says:

    milky watches cos there’s probably a memo going round the less important ministries instructing our employees to keep the viewer numbers up. (As if this govt needed any justification to throw our money away on “indigenous” issues)

    In his annual report milky can tell his boss that he deserves a “bonus” too for assisting the Great Leap backwards.

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  52. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    Oh yeah, the chimp George Bush, that was all about race right.

    FFS, how limp.

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  53. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Kea

    So you think ‘baity was being racist??? :(

    That can’t be , surely not. After all he has told us quite emphatically on a number of occasions as I recall, that he isn’t a racist and in fact, allow me to quote from his comment only a few moments ago:

    Wonder if Colin will support spending $50 million of taxpayer money on outdated technology that panders to racists and separatists.

    Does that strike you as a comment from a racist?

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  54. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    the chimp George Bush, that was all about race right

    Ah, so you actually think that Michelle Obama resembles a unicorn in appearance??

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  55. dime (9,970 comments) says:

    DPF – youre right. its a non story.

    in saying that, this channel shouldn’t exist if it needs tax payer funding.

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  56. Kea (12,770 comments) says:

    The previous US President often had his facial expressions compared to a chimp or Gorrilla. The media would trawl through thousands of frames of photos looking for a match, with a similar looking facial expression. Such photos were widely published in the media.

    I wonder how outraged/offended thedavincimode was about that ?I also wonder why the media is no longer comparing the President to a chimp? Did I miss something?

    If people consider someone their equall, then they will only want equall rights, not special treatment. The people supporting hand outs, on the basis of skin colour or race, are racists who regard coloured people as less capable and in need of special help.

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  57. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    You poor National party saps are so conditioned to respond just like you have been trained to by your Marxist betters.

    Ooooh, that’s got to be OFFENSIVE…!!!!!!!

    Off to the gulag with him.

    Such pathetic little salivating commie lapdogs.

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  58. Kea (12,770 comments) says:

    So you think ‘baity was being racist???

    Yes he probably is racist. So are most people, including yourself. However, I think Red would give anyone a fair go in real life and speak as he finds.

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  59. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    You keep avoiding the question. Why are you suggesting that Michelle Obama is a unicorn?

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  60. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I don’t like lapdogs myself. I wonder if his Mum has let Reddy keep any pets yet. Could be an important test of his incipient psychopathy.

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  61. Kea (12,770 comments) says:

    mikenmild, do you ever comment on the actual topic, or do you just attack those with more sense than yourself ?

    Personal attacks are all good fun, but you really should try and include some content of relevance to the thread.

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  62. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    “mikenmild, do you ever comment on the actual topic, or do you just attack those with more sense than yourself ?”

    Milkie is a Progressive like the Davincimoron.

    As such they can do no wrong on Kiwiblog.

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  63. Kea (12,770 comments) says:

    Yeah I have notice David cuts more slack for the lefties Red. But it is his blog and he can do what he likes with it. Overall I think KB is representitive of NZ generally, in the views expressed. (eg: socialist/left leaning)

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  64. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Right, coz Kea’s comments were so relevant to a discussion of bonuses for Maori TV staff. Not.
    Nice to see Reddy has become convinced of my infallibility. He’ll be paying attention and start talking sense by the time he’s 25.

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  65. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    C’mon reddieweddie: why is Michelle Obama a unicorn??

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  66. Kea (12,770 comments) says:

    So mikenmild, do you advocate race based, tax payer funded, TV or not?

    If so, what races are eligable for this special treatment ?

    Please provide reasons for your view.

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  67. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Well, seeing Kea asked so nicely.
    A decent community pools some of its resources to provide things that are of value to us all. Not all of us agree with all of the things that should be valued, or how much of each we should provide. We have developed, over the centuries, a set of largely democratic institutions to make these sorts of decisions on behalf of everyone.
    That’s the general picture.
    Now, among the things that many people in a community value are shared cultural and social characteristics. The value placed on these tends to be reflected in the proportion of the community’s pooled resources that are allocated to sustain such things as public broadcasting and protection of our cultural heritage.

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  68. eszett (2,408 comments) says:

    However, I think Red would give anyone a fair go in real life

    That would require Reddy to actually have a real life.
    He’s caught up in his little fantasy universe with communist unicorns everywhere.

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  69. Paulus (2,626 comments) says:

    $500 not a lot before tax.
    Many of the recipients will be on a high tax bracket.

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  70. kowtow (8,428 comments) says:

    Maori tv can’t be a community value shared blah blah cos no fuckr watches it.

    It’s a tool to ensure votes in the House.A polished turd.

    There’s no “pooling” either ,it’s separatist,elitist and wasteful.

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  71. eszett (2,408 comments) says:

    kowtow, I’d be interested.

    If “no fuckr watches it”, who does it ensure votes?
    And how is it separatist? Do you have any concrete evidence that Maori TV is advocating that?
    And elitist? Isn’t that just another stupid empty phrase you right wingers use every time you disagree with something?

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  72. kowtow (8,428 comments) says:

    eggshells

    No you’re not “interested”,just shit stirring.
    And you left wingers don’t care about public money.

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  73. HB (321 comments) says:

    Ryan Sproull (5,299) Says:
    They play good movies too, sometimes.

    Agreed.
    We often look at the line up of movies for the night and search them all on Rotten Tomatoes.
    Quite often the best movie of the night (on free to air) is being played on Maori TV.
    They also had good coverage of the RWC

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  74. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    He’s caught up in his little fantasy universe with communist unicorns everywhere.

    Don’t forget the gorillas.

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  75. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    @#8& … edit un-quote 2nd para …%&$#

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  76. eszett (2,408 comments) says:

    Just as I thought, kowtow.
    Nothing to back up anything you are saying. Just empty slogans.

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  77. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    “Nothing to back up anything you are saying.”

    No that isn’t what he said.

    He said he’s not interested in being interrogated by another of Kiwiblos communist trolls.

    Not many people are, and there’s certainly no obligation for any intellgent person to engage with such a surfeit of bandwidth wasting morons.

    As are always present on the far left Kiwiblog, and protected in their frequent attacks on Conservatives by the blog owner, who never penalizes them for trolling or blatantly off topic comments, but will go to the trouble of writing criticism of a right winger for using the word “hori”.

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  78. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Poor Reddie. Maybe some people don’t like the pejorative use of the word ‘hori’.

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  79. eszett (2,408 comments) says:

    Of course, red. That’s what “intellgent” (sic) people like you always say when they have no arguments to back the shit they say.

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  80. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    Wrong again. All you commie queers are as thick as three short planks and need everything spelt out to you in such simple terms its just too wearisome.

    And we have good arguments, we just prefer not to waste our time presenting them to people who have worked hard in the past to identify themselves as boring dumbarsed far left Nat/Labour trolls.

    There are far too many of them resident on Kiwiblog but the blog owner is apparently too transfixed by Marxist speech codes to have the time to do anything about it.

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  81. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Anyway, back on topic after Reddy’s extended thread-jacking warbled nonsense.
    DPF was right to point out the triviality of these bonuses. I am sure they were well deserved, especially given the outstanding content Maori TV is delivering to us, its owners.

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  82. Redbaiter (8,787 comments) says:

    A communist troll tries to make an argument, and it is so hollow and so lacking in reason it does nothing but emphasize why this insipid vain twit so frquently prefers one line inanities.

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  83. Anthony (796 comments) says:

    The bonuses are a non-issue – $50 million of taxpayer money on a TV station that shows a few good movies and produces an interesting Native Affairs program is hardly good use of money! I wonder how much it costs for every regular viewer. If it had 100,000 regular viewers than $500 each would get quite a few movies at the local video shop – we have a good one that charges only $1 a movie during the week!

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  84. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Well Anthony, how much money should it cost to provide a nationwide public-service TV channel of decent quality?

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  85. Johnboy (16,483 comments) says:

    Money well spent. I never miss Murri TV. What channel is it on again?

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  86. Paul Marsden (998 comments) says:

    Its a rort, and taxpayer’s money at that. I would have thought DPF possessed a little more business acumen. For example, what where the production targets and by what percent where they exceeded? What staff (if any), where paid bonuses, but whom may have been aid for time off during the year in excess of their legal entitlement? And so it goes on. If I ran my manufacturing business giving away money willy- nilly at the end of the year in bonuses without production targets been achieved, I would be out of business and deserve to be.

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  87. Johnboy (16,483 comments) says:

    No gratuitous koha at Marsdens place. Shame bro! :)

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  88. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    i think an excellent point was made upthread to the effect that without such context there is no way of telling whether bonuses were justified or not, so the Herald story was nonsense. On the face of it we are left with 70-odd staff getting $500 bonuses. So what?

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  89. Johnboy (16,483 comments) says:

    As long as the $500 was paid in Pipi equivalents who can complain! :)

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  90. Left Right and Centre (2,972 comments) says:

    Hey.. the whities have got heaps of their land… who gives a fuck about one tiny little piece of fluff no mates TV station? That’s like you giving me 100 gold bars and I give you a jellybean back. And a green one at that.

    I can’t even type what I call Maori TV. I might get demerit points. I don’t say the two word name using a malicious tone… friendly tone… it’s just what I call it cuz. Hint: *Something* vision.

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  91. Johnboy (16,483 comments) says:

    Green jellybeans are my second favourites after the black ones. :)

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  92. Reid (16,439 comments) says:

    The lack of brown jellybeans is the case in waiting when the water rights case falls over Johnboy.

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  93. Johnboy (16,483 comments) says:

    Funny how green and black jellybeans can go in and only brown stuff comes out Reid.

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  94. the conservative (66 comments) says:

    So we are talking about affirmative action here, aren’t we? It is time to stop with this kind of bullshit reverse racism. If there is no market for Maori crap, there is no market—period. New Zealand shouldn’t be propping up any media; let the market decide, not the government—whether that be by liberal Labour, liberal National.

    The only one talking any sense on this blog is Redbaiter.

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  95. Reid (16,439 comments) says:

    Maori TV is one of the vehicles used to preserve Maori language, tc.

    The Maori language is the vehicle for preserving their culture, and if it is not preserved their culture will die away.

    If all things were equal then Maori would fund their own vehicle because Maori would have not had their mana destroyed by the occupation which the rest of us have inflicted on them.

    While Maori have a lot to answer for in terms of inflicting their own situation upon themselves, it’s also true the rest of us have over generations created the environment which is responsible for said affliction.

    This is not our personal responsibility since for decades Maori have had the opportunities to redress the situation themselves, and its also true modern Maori blame us for their own situation, which to a large extent is a result of their own incorrect attitudes. However it’s not as cut and dried as some believe, which is that since today Maori have more opportunity than most of us, therefore anything bad that happens to them is their fault and not ours, since, like an oil tanker, it takes many generations to turn something like this around.

    That’s where MTV comes in along with many other initiatives, which in totality, actually cost the rest of us bugger all. Mostly.

    Assessing what is right or wrong today comes down to a historical view , which many of us either refuse to recognise period, or mistakenly hallucinate Maori should get over because it doesn’t exist anymore.

    Maori do themselves no favours by preciously pretending like Hone the racist does, that every single little ill is exclusively tied back to the hated pakeha. But similarly, some of us do the nation no favour, by pretending we, as a nation, have never done anything wrong, at all, ever.

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  96. Anthony (796 comments) says:

    The trouble is that with most money spent by the government in this country there is no attempt at a cost benefit analysis and no proper consideration of alternatives. Maori TV programming could be produced on a shoe string budget and shown over the internet for a fraction of the current $50 million cost.

    Mike doesn’t mind the government spending $500 maybe $1,000 or more (from what DPF has previously disclosed I reckon the regular viewers could be as few as 10,000 making the cost $5,000 per viewer per year) as long as its quality – never mind anything else.

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  97. Tookinator (221 comments) says:

    Why would anyone watch Maori Tv when there is are so many interesting programmes on the other channels such as Jeremy Kyle, X Factor, The Voice and Hells Kitchen….?

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  98. itstricky (1,830 comments) says:

    > If there is no market for Maori crap, there is no market—period. New Zealand shouldn’t be propping up

    > If I ran my manufacturing business giving away money willy- nilly at the end of

    I think you might be confusing NZ with a Company again.

    Country does not equal Company. Company does not equal Country.

    Country equals many cultures together, understanding and enqiuring each other, not just “whomever makes the most money”

    If it was the later than it would just be as Tookinator says – endless repeats of X-Factor, My Kitchen Rules and American Idol. All NZ history, gone. All NZ ideals, gone. It wouldn’t be called “Kiwiblog” it would be called “Me-me-me-blog”

    Not really looking forward to that myself to be honest.

    Before the trolls start, yes, there is no “rational” explanation for this. Yes, no “real” argument. I haven’t counted how many hard-earned-tax dollars have been spent on this particular announcement. It’s called being human and not a bean counter.

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  99. V (718 comments) says:

    Pinko post of the year.
    So its a non story, paying bonuses to people working at a TV station barely anyone watches. We sure know how to squander money in this country, but why then are we perplexed that there is no money available for other, more productivity/infrastructure enhancing things?

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  100. Left Right and Centre (2,972 comments) says:

    Johnboy: I *knew* whatever colour I used it might be someone’s favourite. Personally my faves are a mix of red, purple, pink, black, white…the blue bubblegum flavour jellybeans are good too. Green and yellow in most sweets… no. With the possible exception of those spearmint leaves… haha.

    Can’t have many sweets though. Too many calories. Exception is Kiwiland Orchard Fruits (Pahiatua represent!!). I know they’re dirt cheap at 99c/ 130g pack but still… it’s bad when sometimes one colour gets away on them. I was eating a few while lifting weights and every damn one was ‘green apple’ out of about five-six colours. Finally ripped open the bag… what’s goin on here? More bloody green ones!! Grrrrr

    Tookinator: Jeremy Kyle… who watches those horrible peasants? Talk about underclass!! Ugly bastards with no brains… dreadful TV

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  101. Lucy (32 comments) says:

    This is a non-story. So why are you blogging about it? Could it be that it was the only ‘non story’ that could attract 100 comments? Really – the Maori bashing in this country has to stop.

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  102. Kea (12,770 comments) says:

    No Lucy, what needs to stop are special rights given to some people on the basis of race. Maori TV being one of them.

    Of course you may think it is ok to discriminate on the basis race and to have two classes of citizen. I do not. That is what needs to stop.

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  103. Left Right and Centre (2,972 comments) says:

    Dear Lucy: People can blog about whatever they want to. Duh!!

    Maori bashing is a national sport. Duh!! That’s humour? Never a truer word said in jest? Even this little piece of paradise… problems problems problems.

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