Media watch – Friday

4 May 2018


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.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

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  1. sorethumb

     /  May 4, 2018

    Wellington on track to become a bilingual city with support for te reo Māori policy
    Wellington City Council has given itself the green light to progress with a plan that could see the city become the te reo Māori capital of New Zealand.

    During a lengthy meeting, the council’s city strategy committee, which comprises every councillor as well as Mayor Justin Lester, voted unanimously to progress with Te Tauihu – its draft Te Reo Māori policy.

    More than 10 oral submissions, all in support of the policy, were heard by the committee. Submitters praised the council’s leadership in the matter and the “mahi” put in so far.
    Who could argue with that other than a “boring bigot”?

    Why no backlash – marginalisation – no access to media? Has it not occurred to people that this is a means of control (tribal marking giving access to government?

  2. sorethumb

     /  May 4, 2018

    An alternative national narrative and identity (see Schiller 1997) has re-emerged, and it provides the basis for forging a new settlement and for the redefinition of sovereignty, citizenship, and state policies.
    Paul Spoonley – Recalling Aotearoa

    Smile – don’t show your malice

    • sorethumb

       /  May 4, 2018

      Employment depends on it.

  3. sorethumb

     /  May 4, 2018

    Te Reo Quandary
    Justice Joe Williams who is chairing an inquiry by the Waitangi Tribunal says the Maori language is in “crisis” and only urgent action will halt its decline. As older speakers of Maori die out they are not being replaced by enough younger people and the language now needs “life support”, the report says. Less than a quarter of New Zealand’s 53, Maori say they are fluent enough to hold a conversation in Te Reo Maori, and the number is declining every year. Justice Williams’ report dismisses perceptions of a government-sponsored revival since the 198s as “rhetoric”. “The notion that Te Reo is making steady forward progress, particularly among the young, is manifestly false,” it says. Minister for Maori Affairs and co-leader of the Maori party Pita Sharples said the problem is not just of the government’s making. “Really it is about getting the language into homes and families talking it, and that’s how it will survive,” Sharples said.
    But,but,but Kim Hill said they have to use it as it’s in the charter. Devoy called objectors “boring bigots”

    g) reflect New Zealand’s cultural identity, including Māori language and culture:

    • sorethumb

       /  May 4, 2018

      Manaakitanga is all about hospitality and kindness. It sums up the act of welcoming and looking after guests. The idea is that by offering hospitality, generosity and mutual respect everyone involved comes out better off. The concept is important to many New Zealanders. It is even recognised by our Government as one of the two core values of our tourism strategy.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 4, 2018

      Reportedly the crew climbed Mt Alan to survey the district and sacked a small pa at the entrance to my little river to get there. Hence called Man’OWar river. Wouldn’t have been any mangroves there then.

  4. NOEL

     /  May 4, 2018

    Yah gotta laugh at painters depiction of the wahines pose. If it had been a social media post today would be labelled as photo shopped.