Media watch – Wednesday

20 December 2017


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  1. Gezza

     /  December 20, 2017

  2. sorethumb

     /  December 20, 2017

    Disquiet is apparently being expressed by some National Radio listeners over what they claim to be Guyon Espiner’s excessive use of Maori words and phrases during his interviews. They don’t understand them. But Guyon’s wife is Maori and I find it entirely reasonable that her husband would want to be able to communicate with her and their children in both his own native tongue and hers.

    So far so good. But should the same bilingualism be expected of Guyon’s primarily pakeha National Programme audience? Well, it’s entirely possible that more National and Concert Programme listeners understand Maori than listeners to commercial radio. But that’s hardly the point. English is the first and for many, including a majority of Tangata Whenua, the only language spoken and well understood by a considerable majority of New Zealanders.

    So the question is: Is it Mr Espiner’s job or responsibility as a current affairs interviewer on National Radio to educate that majority of public radio listeners who neither speak nor reasonably understand Māori?

    I would have thought not. His job is to conduct, on behalf of his substantial radio audience, interviews on social and political issues, both national and international, that are relevant to their lives. That brief must certainly include a raft of issues pertinent to Maori, including of course the survival of Te Reo.

    But it is not and cannot be Mr Espiner’s job to educate his listeners in the Maori language. Indeed such an intention can only be seen as presumptuous. He is not Maori and, by his own admission, even his wife is amused by his efforts.

    • PDB

       /  December 20, 2017

      As sign language is an official language of this country I encourage Espiner to use it as much as possible on his radio show. Would make listening to it all the more pleasurable.

    • PartisanZ

       /  December 20, 2017

      “For many participants, maintaining social cohesion while addressing this growing diversity was a key element of the Conversation. Some wanted special relationships acknowledged more strongly.

      Many submissions, particularly clone submissions,[5] highlighted concerns that these different histories may ‘privilege’ some groups over others.”

      [5] Submissions that were identical or in similar terms.

      – Report of the Constitutional Advisory Panel: Te Ranga Kaupapa Ture (Nov 2013)

      I live in the hope of one day exhibiting such extraordinary diplomacy …

  3. Gezza

     /  December 20, 2017

    “No-one should beat themselves up for missing out investing in bitcoin.

    Anyone who feels that way should instead give themselves pat on the back for not participating in the one of this century’s most foolish environmental crimes. 

    At the time of writing, the price of bitcoin is hovering around $26,000, having risen by about 2000 per cent over the course of the year.

But when bitcoin collapses in the coming months, or more likely weeks, questions are likely to be asked about why regulators did so little to prevent this car crash in the making.”

    • High Flying Duck

       /  December 20, 2017

      Thanks for the tip Gezza – I’ll buy some!
      Larry Williams was talking to a guy from Europe last week who sold up everything he owned – including his house and possessions – to put in bitcoin.
      Him and his family are living at a campground now.
      He has more than tripled his money, but believes the value will go above $100,000 and has no intention of selling.
      It is fascinating watching the hype and the bubble over something that doesn’t even exist.

      • Blazer

         /  December 20, 2017

        Bit like synthetic derivatives. .keep them off balance. .sheet.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  December 21, 2017

          Even synthetic derivatives are (loosely) based on something tangible. Bitcoins were created from the ether and have no tangible base whatsoever.

  4. sorethumb

     /  December 20, 2017

    For much of the twentieth century it was assumed that the state operated on behalf of a single nation that the two (the nation and the state were indivisible) The state represented all New Zealanders. It deserved their undivided loyalty and in return the state was neutral with respect of the ethnic identity of it’s citizens. The identity politics of Maori challenged all of these elements. The nation was made up, it was argued, of two groups and the operation of the state ought to recognise the particular circumstances and the rights of Maori. Something which it had not done previously. In fact the state had seemed to operate in ways that had directly disadvantaged Maori. The state was hardly neutral. According to Ranginui and others the state preserved Pakeha interests even if it continued to claim universality and neutrality. It was a radical rethinking of what the nation state of NZ ought to be. It required a decoupling of the nation now defined as Maori and Pakeha or Maori and the Crown and required the state to operate in new and different ways. A new understanding and a new social contract needed to be established . But of course there was no compulsion for the state to acknowledge these new expectations. It was left to the good sense and sensitivites of some key players: Maori, Pakeha and representatives of the state to explore what this means.

    What could go wrong?
    1. Based on neo-marxist ideology (accepts victimhood of Maori -has no objective yardstick).
    2. Sees racism as a a result of colonialism and therefore under plays ethnocentrism.
    3. Creates bureaucracies which have a permanent activist role.
    4. Lack of balance as “the State ” is not a nation. There is no Department of Pakeha affairs balancing Maori claims just a a few hard-nosed masochists.
    5. Institutionalisation of public discourse.
    6 ?.