The Hon Jonathan Coleman, NZ Minister for Broadcasting, in his reply to my email, and of course, dozens of others who also emailed him - is at pains to point out that he is a supporter of Radio New Zealand and simply wants to help them figure out ways of maintaining and improving services within their current budget.
However, as the KPMG report below points out, this might be a bit harder than we, and he, anticipated. Among a number of other telling comments they baldly state, " we have concluded that RNZ is underfunded in terms of ensuring the sustainability of its current outputs"
Seems clear as mud to me - RNZ can't do what they are tasked to do within their current budget - so the question Minister is, are you going to change "their outputs" - and make this change public - or are you going to help them achieve their existing outputs with additional resources?
And if the former - they have to do less - then can you make it real clear to them - and indeed the rest of us, just what less means. Or as Mozart - via IMDB - famously had it:
Emperor Joseph II My dear young man, don't take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It's quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that's all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect.
Mozart: Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?
Yesterday, I asked MCH, the NZ Ministry of Culture and Heritage, for the KPMG report - they sent it by email today - thanks - much appreciated.
Here it is - its a a PDF - 83 pages