TVNZ staff will receive training on Te Tiriti or Waitangi, prejudice and racism following the publication of an internal review on Police ten 7 after he called himself a racist.
The review commissioned by TVNZ and in association with producers Screentime NZ found that in general, the Maori and Pacific people featured on the show were portrayed fairly, but the show did little to discourage negative stereotypes.
The review was conducted by Senior Content Consultant Karen Bieleski and Auckland University of Technology Dean of Law Khylee Quince from June to September 2021.
Evaluated episodes in Police ten 719-year duration and interviews conducted with stakeholders and commentators to establish whether Maori, Pasifika and all other ethnic groups were fairly portrayed on screen and whether the broadcast of the show was consistent with contemporary social values.
The review recognized the production’s commitment to sensitive representation of issues and the success the show had achieved with audiences and as an effective policing tool.
He acknowledged the program’s steps towards modernization over the years and identified other areas for improvement, from increasing filming outside of Auckland, establishing a strong framework for promoting Police ten 7and incorporate the principles of Te Tiriti or Waitangi in the production.
TVNZ and Screentime NZ are committed to using the review’s findings and recommendations as a launching pad to reinvent Police ten 7 and develop a format for the future.
TVNZ’s Chief Content Officer Cate Slater said the review “has provided us with a comprehensive evaluation of the program and recommendations for moving forward. However, we have the opportunity to move beyond gradual change and we are committed to reinventing Police ten 7 so it serves viewers for years to come. “
“Our ambition is to continue highlighting the important work of the police, while recognizing the communities they serve.”
Philly de Lacey, CEO of Screentime NZ, said that “they have always strived to progressively evolve Police ten 7 and we are now fortunate to have invaluable input from Khylee and Karen to inform our continued adaptation of the program and its coverage, to ensure that it remains relevant, accountable and representative of the New Zealand population. “
“While there is no denying the positive impact the series has had on driving safety across the country, we are committed to ensuring that doing so is fair, authentic, accurate and inclusive. We look forward to partnering with TVNZ and the Police of New Zealand. To significantly evolve the format for the next chapter, “said Lacey.
There are eight specific recommendations in the review.:
- Formalize the program’s policy for cultural integrity and have TVNZ and Screentime NZ staff take relevant training on racism, prejudice, and Te Tiriti or Waitangi.
- Commission and / or review relevant research to contribute to the reflection of the social values program.
- Maintain the contemporary values established in the decisions of the BSA and the Media Council.
- Provide more regional and demographic coverage
- Include planned events with police presence for better geographic representation
- Have promotion managers receive specific training for the production of promotional material for Police ten 7
- Make sure the promotional activity is supervised and approved by the program commissioner.
- Use generic promotions where the episodic material could be misrepresented into a condensed commercial.
TVNZ and Screentime NZ will announce their decision on the new series and the format it will take later this year.
Review can be found here.