Witi Ihimaera says there was no mention of the show in the trio's letter of resignation.
The region wants to boost visitor numbers and get the community back up and running after COVID-19 hit businesses hard.
Chelsea Winstanley says it shows Māori storytelling "resonates with the world".
Victor Billot says Jordan Williams should "get a real job".
A copy of a painting by artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was disfigured after a dodgy restoration.
Artists were hit hard by COVID-19, with most unable to work at all during lockdown.
Climate change is one of Corey Baker's dominant themes.