TVNZ banned from interviews at Matatini

Te Matatini Incorporated Society has banned TVNZ from conducting interviews within the Rotorua International Stadium on finals day tomorrow of Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2013 after its Maori news bulletin Te Karere breached media guidelines.

Te Matatini managing director Darrin Apanui said he was disappointed with TVNZ's actions, after they previously adhered to news access guidelines on Thursday.


However a Te Karere reporter abused the privilege of being given access to a space by the VIP lounge to interview dignitaries and instead recorded a piece to camera within a restricted area which was broadcast in its bulletin on Friday.


All media were told at a briefing that such recordings were off limits.


After banning TV3 for using material on Wednesday, Mr Apanui wanted to remain firm but fair in policing the commercial agreement between Te Matatini and host broadcasters Maori Television who have exclusive rights.


- Rotorua Daily Post

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