Chris Lilley’s ‘Jonah From Tonga’ AXED From New Zealand TV

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Chris Lilley’s ‘Jonah From Tonga’ AXED From New Zealand TV

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The Maori Television board has decided to pull Chris Lilley's Jonah From Tonga from airing on their channel. 

The series has been labelled as negatively stereotyping the Pacific people, by New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples, Alfred Ngaro

The series, written by and starring comedian Chris Lilley, follows Jonah - a boy of Tongan descent who was originally introduced in 2007's Summer Heights High. 

The board made the decision to pull the program after they learned a screening would be airing on Thursday evening. 

Georgina te Heuheu, the chair of Maori Television, said, We are a Maori media outlet with our own standards, and a mandate to protect and promote the Maori language and culture.

“This means that as a leading indigenous broadcaster we have a responsibility to present all cultures with a degree of respect and aroha not least those of our Pacific whanaunga."

 

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