3 News further revealed:
Documents obtained by 3 News show the state broadcaster is being used to help Labour’s cause.
Labour’s electorate committee for the Auckland Maori seat Tamaki Makarau has been using TVNZ as a base.
This is appalling and there must be a full independent inquiry into how this happened. Having the resources of the state broadcaster used to help the Labour Party fund raise and campaign plan is not far off political corruption.
How many TVNZ Maori unit staff are Labour Party activists? At least four are known of, which destroys any notion that the TVNZ Maori Unit is delivering politically neutral programmes?
Did David Cunliffe not think there was anything wrong with attending a sesssion on how to win the Maori vote, run by the head of the TVNZ Maori Unit? Should this not ring warning bells?
As we’ve seen, once media stops being balanced and is controlled by a single political party it is all but impossible for any other viewpoint to get widespread attention and that is bad for democracy.
Farrar is right to call for an full external enquiry into this matter by the Auditor General.