The principal function of the Service is to contribute to the protection and promotion of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga through the provision, in te reo Māori and English, of a high-quality, cost-effective television service that informs, educates, and entertains viewers, and enriches New Zealand’s society, culture, and heritage.
The Service must also—
ensure that during prime time it broadcasts mainly in te reo Māori; and
ensure that at other times it broadcasts a substantial proportion of its programmes in te reo Māori; and
ensure that, in its programming, the Service has regard to the needs and preferences of—
young people; and
children participating in te reo Māori immersion education; and
all persons learning te reo Māori; and
persons whose first language is te reo Māori and persons with a high level of proficiency in te reo Māori; and
provide broadcast services that are technically available throughout New Zealand and practicably accessible to as many people as is reasonably possible.
The Service may undertake other functions that contribute to the protection and promotion of te reo Māori.
In performing its functions, the Service may provide a range of content and services on a choice of delivery platforms.
Section 8: replaced, on 28 November 2013, by section 7 of the Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 99).