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Trust Slams Tax Payer Funding of Wrestling on Maori TV

Press Release – Sensible Sentencing Trust

The Sensible Sentencing Trust Manawatu spokesperson Scott Guthrie is calling for Maori television to withdraw the airing of WWE wrestling from its programme line up before its start date of the 24th of February.The Sensible Sentencing Trust Manawatu spokesperson Scott Guthrie is calling for Maori television to withdraw the airing of WWE wrestling from its programme line up before its start date of the 24th of February.

“What sort of message does this type of programme send the community? Maori Television is funded by the tax payer and Freeview is available to everyone in this country including prisoners” Guthrie said. The public of New Zealand aren’t interested in promoting violence but if we allow this to happen that’s exactly what we are doing.

According to legislation, the aim of Maori Television is to promote Māori language and culture, not to promote violence to an already violence entrenched audience” says Scott Guthrie.

“Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran needs to step in and sort out this inappropriate programming and sort it out now” says Guthrie. ENDS.

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