Chris Lilley’s Jonah from Tonga withdrawn by New Zealand’s Maori Television

Jonah from Tonga is an Australian television series written by and starring the comedian Chris Lilley. It follows a rebellious Australian boy of Tongan descent who had been introduced in Lilley’s 2007 series, Summer Heights High.

Georgina te Heuheu, the chair of Maori Television, said once the full board of became aware of the screening of the program on Thursday evening, a decision was made then to pull the series. She said the values of Maori Television include respecting all communities.

“We are a Maori media outlet with our own standards, and a mandate to protect and promote the Maori language and culture,” te Heuheu said. “This means that, as a leading indigenous broadcaster, we have a responsibility to present all cultures with a degree of respect and aroha not least those of our Pacific whanaunga.”

A replacement show, Te Taumata Kapahaka, will go to air next Thursday evening.

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