Three public meetings have been held so far on the vexed issue of Saving public broadcasting in NZ.
On 30 June, the government shuts down funding to TVNZ 7 and it will cease to exist.
In Auckland, more than 350 people turned up to a public meeting with standing room only. In Wellington more than 400 attended, in a packed hall. Last Friday night almost 200 people turned up in Nelson, which is, I understand, a rather unusually large turnout.
Tonight’s meeting in Christchurch is likely to be similar.
There are meetings coming up in Palmerston North, Dunedin and Hamilton. At least four more meetings have been planned for parts of Auckland in the coming weeks.
To date, the meetings have had speakers from Labour, the Greens, NZ First and various academics. At tonight’s Chch meeting, the Maori Party will have a speaker. Peter Dunne and I have conversed on Twitter about the need to retain a public television channel in NZ
National is conspicuously absent from the discussions. Their tactic of ignoring the issues they don’t want the public to focus on is making them more conspicuous.