Media watch – Friday

22 December 2017


Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

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  1. sorethumb

     /  December 22, 2017

    Much can be said on both sides – or can it?
    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.

  2. sorethumb

     /  December 22, 2017

    An Apology
    Posted by BE on December 4th, 2017

    Well, given the level of controversy and protest about my post concerning Guyon Espiner’s use of Te Reo on National Radio, I had several options:

    *To defend the post;
    *To take the post down;
    *To explore the issue further;
    *If necessary, to apologise for what I’d written.

    I decided not to take the post down. I wrote it. People read it. Some approved of what I’d said. Others were deeply offended. Taking the post down would do nothing to change that.

    But an apology to Guyon and Māori upset or angered by my comments is clearly required. I failed to check my facts, by taking the time to listen to several editions of Morning Report. Despite my own fairly extensive background on National Radio, Including Top of the Morning, Checkpoint, Jim Mora’s The Panel and a variety of other programmes, I’m not a frequent radio listener. But that won’t stand as an excuse. I should have checked.

    I didn’t. Instead I simply assumed that listener complaints were justified, that non-Māori listeners were unable to understand significant parts of the body of the programme where the host was practicing his Te Reo.

    That is clearly not the case. And for that I sincerely apologise.

    So much for diversity of opinion in that elite circle.

  3. Blazer

     /  December 22, 2017

    if you apply for a job..and miss out,just lobby your..M.P…Nationals..’way’ of

  4. Gezza

     /  December 22, 2017

    Interesting. Aussie-owned banks eh? Who can trust them to look after anybody’s interests but their Directors’ & Shareholders’?

    “There are major unanswered questions about the Chinese firm whose bid to buy UDC Finance has been rejected, a China-based business journalist says. 

    ANZ announced plans in January to sell its asset finance business UDC Finance for $660 million to the Chinese conglomerate HNA, a Fortune Global 500 company.

    The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has turned down an application because it could not determine who the “relevant overseas person” intending to make the purchase was from the information provided.

    ‘There are huge questions in China and all around the world about who really owns this and there have been suggestions from some quarters that senior Chinese Government officials and their families are ultimately large hidden shareholders in this family.'”

  5. Gezza

     /  December 22, 2017

    ‘Reality check’ as bitcoin tumbles 15 per cent in a day

    “Unsophisticated” investors hold the power with bitcoin, and that’s made it fragile, experts say.

    Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Thursday bitcoin isn’t functioning like a normal means of payment and is being used for speculation.