Te Upoko o Te Ika head to Waitangi Tribunal over policy concerns
The country's first iwi radio station is now licenced to broadcast, but only for one more year.
Government policy is still of major concern for Te Upoko o Te Ika, who are now taking this matter to the Waitangi Tribunal action.
An agreement was made yesterday at a meeting with licence holders Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Toa and the station trustees.
For now, Te Upoko o te Ika trustee Piripi Walker says the Māori language will continue to be heard on the radio waves of Te Upoko o Te Ika.
"Kei te hari hoki mō te taunga i runga i te whakaaro kotahi o ngā kaipupuri painga katoa o te teihana tae atu ki ngā iwi."
Walker also says that there are still concerns about the way Crown policy affected the station in the first place.
"Ka hoki ano ki te whakawhitiwhiri kōrero ki te Karauna mō tērā ahuatanga me uru mai hoki pea Te Rōpū Whakamana i te Tiriti [o Waitangi]."
But Minister of Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta believes it should be up to the licence holders and radio stations to find a solution.
"Ki te mahi ngātahi ki te whakatōpu pea ā rātou nei mahi kia ora ai te reo irirangi i roto ta rātou rohe.
"Ko tāku nei ki Te Māngai Pāho e tino kaha te tautoko a tā mātou Kāwanatanga ki ngā mahi a ngā reo irirangi Māori."
Although Te Upoko now has money to run, Walker concerns have not been assuaged.
"I haere mātou ki Te Māngai Pāho ki tō rātou tari i muri i te whakatau.
"Koirā te kōrero ko te rīhi te mea uaua kāore e taea te whakahou te rīhi mō te kotahi tau."
Staff and the board are thankful for the support they have received from around the country.
It's hoped that all the outstanding issues can be sorted through over the upcoming year.