The TVNZ charter took affect on March 1st 2003.
A typical social engineer's document full of platitudes and idealism but impossible to attain to the real world in a manner that will satisfy everybody (or probably anybody for that matter).
One of the things that TVNZ is obliged to do under the charter is
# ensure in its programmes and programme planning the participation of Maori and the presence of a significant Maori voice;
And yesterday Parliament's Maori affairs select committee grilled TVNZ Chief executive Rick Ellis on how TVNZ was meeting it obligations to Maori under this charter.
In particular he was asked which TVNZ shows provide a "maori perspective"?
His answer has caused some grief.
Rick Ellis rattled of a list of 24 programs including Dream Home, Intrepid Journeys, Shortland Street, Lost Children, Animal House and A Game of Two Halves.
He might have got away with that if he hadn't also included the reality shows Police 10-7 (the show where the public is asked to help catch criminals) and Locked Down (a look at life in Rimutaka Prison).
But he did.
And some people are not happy.