Ten 7 Police Racism Review Advises Prejudice Training


TVNZ staff will undertake training on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, prejudice and racism following the publication of an internal review on police ten 7 after being labeled a racist.

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The review commissioned by TVNZ and in partnership with producers Screentime NZ found that in general, the Maori and Pacific individuals who featured on the show were fairly represented, but the show didn’t do much. thing 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.

He rated the episodes through font ten 719-year-old and conducted interviews with stakeholders and commentators to determine whether Maori, Pasifikas and all other ethnic groups were fairly represented on screen and whether the broadcast of the program was in line with contemporary societal values.

The review recognized the production’s commitment to sensitive portrayal of issues and the show’s success with audiences and as an effective policing tool.

He recognized the stages of modernizing the program over the years and identified other areas for improvement – from increasing filming outside of Auckland, establishing a strong framework for the promotion of font ten 7, and incorporating the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi into the production.

TVNZ and Screentime NZ pledge to use review findings and recommendations as springboard to reinvent font ten 7 and develop a format for the future.

TVNZ Content Director Cate Slater said the review “has provided us with a thorough assessment of the program and recommendations for moving forward. However, we have an opportunity to go beyond incremental change and we are committed to reinventing police ten 7 it therefore serves viewers in the years to come “.

“Our ambition is to continue to highlight the important work of the police, while better recognizing the communities they help.”

Screentime NZ chief executive Philly de Lacey said they have “always strived to evolve incrementally police ten 7 and are now fortunate to have the invaluable insight of Khylee and Karen to inform our continued adaptation of the show and its coverage, to ensure that it remains relevant, responsible and representative of New Zealanders. “

“While there is no doubt about the series’ positive impact on driving safety across the country, we are committed to ensuring that it is fair, authentic, precise and inclusive. We are look forward to partnering with TVNZ and the New Zealand Police to sensitively evolve the format of the next chapter, ”said Lacey.

There are eight specific recommendations in the review:

  • Formalize the program’s cultural integrity policy and ask TVNZ and Screentime NZ staff to complete appropriate training on racism, prejudice and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Commission and / or review relevant research to contribute to the program’s reflection on societal values
  • Uphold contemporary values ​​as articulated in BSA and Media Council decisions
  • Provide more regional and demographic coverage
  • Include planned events with a police presence for better geographic representation
  • Provide promotion managers with specific training to produce promotional material for police ten 7
  • Ensure promotional activity is supervised and approved by the program commissioner
  • Use generic promotions where episodic material could be distorted into a condensed commercial

TVNZ and Screentime NZ will announce their decision on the new series and the format it will adopt later this year.

The review can be found here.