Frostbite for NZ on Air as frozen funding reality hits
Posted 14th Dec 2015
Filed under: Broadcasting
NZ on Air’s admission that its budget is under huge pressure will be a concern to New Zealanders already disturbed at the lack of quality local television programmes, says Labour's Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The National Government’s seven year starvation funding for new public interest television is eating into money available for programmes made by New Zealanders about New Zealanders.
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OIA report could have serious ramifications
Posted 8th Dec 2015
Filed under: Open Government
Labour has serious concerns about the wide ranging and potentially chilling effect on the flow of government information following the release Beverley Wakem’s report, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Today’s report by the Chief Ombudsman into the Official Information Act shows government departments are being encouraged by Minister’s offices to withhold material for political reasons. This is further delaying the release of information.
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No WINZ in the MSD Waiting Game
Posted 7th Dec 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
There have been no wins for the South Dunedin community in the continued delay in answers on the status of the South Dunedin WINZ office, says Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

“It is now six months on from the June floods that wreaked havoc on the community and forced the closure of the South Dunedin WINZ office.
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NZ on Air lets current affairs television die
Posted 3rd Dec 2015
Filed under: Broadcasting
The loss of more quality current affairs television shows the New Zealand on Air funding model is broken, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran said today.



“A huge amount of public money is being used to prop up television executives’ expensive, commercial visions which offer nothing new to the public, while Investigative journalism and current affairs shows are axed.
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