Media watch – Monday

15 October 2018

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  1. PartisanZ

     /  October 14, 2018

    “Tom explained that the true ignominy of the Nixon statue was that it sits in the tribal area of Auckland’s Waiohua Iwi – a people subjected to colonial aggression, and who for years have housed a statue that embodies it.

    My trip down Great South Road with Tom Roa has forever changed my perspective. A ride down Great South Road will no longer be a point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ exercise, it will be a reminder of how little we know about things we should.” – Newsroom

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/10/09/269622/great-south-stories-tom-roa

    Great South Road that is …

    • phantom snowflake

       /  October 14, 2018

      Historian Scott Hamilton (http://readingthemaps.blogspot.com/) recently published ‘Ghost South Road’ on the same subject.

      During the twentieth century Maori suffered from a range of policies that remind me of apartheid South Africa’ historian Dr Scott Hamilton says. ‘If you were Maori you sometimes needed a special card to move around the country. If you were Maori you could be banned from bars and from other businesses.’

      Hamilton makes these shocking claims in Ghost South Road, a book he wrote with funding from Auckland’s Mayoral Literary Grant. ‘I was the first recipient of the mayoral grant’ Hamilton says. ‘I told Len Brown, who set it up, that I wanted to expose the secret history of Auckland and New Zealand.’

      Hamilton’s book tells the story of the Great South Road, which was built from Auckland into the Waikato and beyond by the British army that invaded Maori lands in 1863. After the British and local Pakeha soldiers had defeated Maori in the Waikato War, more than a million acres of Maori land was confiscated.

      ‘The invasion of the Waikato was legitimated by racism’ Hamilton says, ‘and it has cast a long shadow. I looked at archives and old newspapers and discovered that Maori were treated as enemies of the state long after the Waikato War had finished.’

      In one chapter of his book Hamilton shows how, during a series of epidemics, Maori were banned from moving about the country, because their brown skin was equated with disease. When smallpox broke out in 1913, Maori villages were sealed off, and Maori were banned from the roads and from trains unless they had a special certificate showing they’d been immunised. ‘No Pakeha was ever subjected to these rules’ Hamilton says, ‘they were blatantly racist, they made life almost impossible for Maori, and they were in force for many months’.

      Another chapter of Ghost South Road describes the exclusion of Maori from bars, cinemas, and barber’s shops in South Auckland. ‘For much of the twentieth century it was hard to get a drink in places like Papakura and Pukekohe if you were the wrong colour’ Hamilton says. Hamilton describes the experience of Rongomanu Bennett, a Maori psychiatrist who went into the Papakura Tavern and ordered a beer in 1959. ‘After he was refused service, Bennett began a campaign, and his case made headlines not just in New Zealand but around the world’ Hamilton says. ‘The New York Times called Papakura ‘the Little Rock of New Zealand’, after the Arkansas city where African Americans were fighting segregation’.

      Bennett eventually got the support of the Prime Minister, and Papakura Tavern agreed to serve Maori. But this civil rights struggle in South Auckland, and the racism that prompted it, has been forgotten. ‘If more of us knew about what happened in the past, then we’d understand the historical context for Taika Waititi’s complaints about continuing racism’ Hamilton says.

      In Ghost South Road Hamilton argues that racism continues today in the towns that settlers built along the Great South Road. ‘Papakura is still not the most friendly place for Maori’ Hamilton says. ‘The local board there made it difficult to build a marae in the 1970s and ‘80s, and recently the community board rejected attempts to set up a Maori advisory committee to help it learn from the mistakes of the past.’
      http://books.scoop.co.nz/2018/05/18/release-ghost-south-road/

      • PartisanZ

         /  October 15, 2018

        ” … how little we know about things we should.”

        But any moves, even the tiniest steps, to come back to decency from this ‘other place’ is deemed “race-based privilege” by those with privileged access to the media … (which of course is decidedly Left-leaning) …

        (Long, long string of obscenities HERE …)

  2. duperez

     /  October 14, 2018

    A comment was made about Jamal Khashoggi being an American resident, the implication being that was a reason for some American response to Saudi Arabia for his murder.

    Alan Wilkinson said, “Deliberate killing via treachery of a non-combatant in a foreign country while protected by diplomatic immunity is not something the world can or will ignore.”

    The USA for all intents can and will ignore the incident. If the name of the murdered one was Jamal Trump there might have been some serious reaction. Having said that if it suited his bizarre purposes I’m sure Donald Trump would be unmoved by seeing one of his own slaughtered and cut into bits in the safety of some embassy in a friendly country.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12142320

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 15, 2018

      https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/13/trump-says-saudi-arabia-faces-severe-punishment-if-khashoggi-was-killed.html

      As always, watch what he does rather than what he says. However the rhetoric suggests you are wrong.

      • Gezza

         /  October 15, 2018

        The rhetoric is going both ways now.
        https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/107839642/saudis-warn-against-threats-as-stock-market-plunges

        Trump’s pronouncements on the issue, listened to in full in the videos I’ve seen, are typically somewhat rambling and contradictory. But one thing is clear from his 60 minutes interview: he will not jeopardise “500,000 jobs” that the Saudi deals represent.

        This problem could conceivably just fall off the news cycle in time. It depends on how much pressure the US Congress wants to assert and how strongly Bibi & Jared can influence Trump. There is speculation from commenters on Aljaz that the solution to this crisis might have to be King Salman removing MBS from his position, but for obvious reasons, although they may sometimes use a few cosmetic Saudi supporters, Qatar-based Aljazerra is hardly likely to follow anything but an anti-Saudi line.

        Aljaz commenters have listed a catalogue of his more disastrous actions that were never discussed with, & have embarrassed their US allies (the Yemen War, The Qatar Blockade, detaining the Lebanese Prime Minister on a visit to Riyadh and forcing him to resign until international pressure saw him released and rescind his resignation on return to Lebanon, granting women the right to drive, then arresting & imprisoning numerous women’s rights activists – accusing them of being foreign agents, imprisoning wealthy businessmen & other Royal Family members, accusing them of corruption but producing no evidence, and forcing them to turn over millions to the Saudi government before releasing them from their Carlton Hotel prison where some have claimed they were brutalised.

        But their more realistic commenters have noted MBS IS now the effective ruler of Saudi Arabia & that this is unlikely to change. And these actions to date have not deterred Western governments in the least from courting Saudi money, which they need.

  3. Blazer

     /  October 15, 2018

    Trump should take actions against the Saudis.
    Just tell them if they cancel their bombs order the U.S will drop them off…anyway.

    • Gezza

       /  October 15, 2018

      Something an Aljaz commenter said last night: The Saudis are the only ones who actually pay for their US arms. Sounded intriguing.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 15, 2018

      Collins is well out in front, I imagine because she articulates clear positions which the others haven’t/can’t.

  4. robertguyton

     /  October 15, 2018

    Oh, dear! Simon. Jami-Lee. What a shemozzle!!! And it gets worse!!!!

      • Gezza

         /  October 15, 2018

        Fark ! God what a mess. National is in crisis. This is going to get as dirty as it comes.

        • robertguyton

           /  October 15, 2018

          From an entirely neutral position, this all looks a little untidy , to me. I do wish both men and their party all the best!

    • Corky

       /  October 15, 2018

      We let the boil come to a head, Robert. Then lance it. Makes National strong again..like president Trumpy. No shemozzle.

      • robertguyton

         /  October 15, 2018

        Not looking at all “lanced”, Corky – more like festering fit to burst, all over the show!!
        Mucky.
        Btw – when you say, “we”, I take it you count yourself a Nat.

        • Corky

           /  October 15, 2018

          ”I take it you count yourself a Nat.”

          Yes, but only just. They are the nearest thing I can find to Libertarianism. Although the reality is National are a socialist political party… except they allow for greater freedoms of the market and individual lives. But at the end of the day they still control with regulations.

  5. Blazer

     /  October 15, 2018

    McClay would have some appeal…don’t know about his accent though.
    Brownlee is the best performer in the House.
    The rest…..??

  6. robertguyton

     /  October 15, 2018

    How does it get worse, Alan?
    “Jami-Lee Ross

    This evidence led Simon to push me out on medical leave a few weeks ago. It was essentially an attempt to stop me from speaking publicly.

    I now have a duty to speak publicly on these matters. I will do so in coming days.”
    Like this.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 15, 2018

      That will depend on content and support for it. If he is regarded already as untruthful in denying he leaked he will start with a credibility handicap.

  7. robertguyton

     /  October 15, 2018

    “Draco T Bastard 15
    15 October 2018 at 1:47 pm
    Jami-Lee Ross
    @jamileeross
    When I started to become expendable, I confronted him with evidence that I had recorded him discussing with me unlawful activity that he was involved in. Working on his instruction, he asked me to do things with election donations that broke the law.
    If such evidence exists he needs to go to the police.”

  8. robertguyton

     /  October 15, 2018

    Bridges to use waka-jumping rules to dump Jami-Lee.

  9. Gezza

     /  October 15, 2018


    A Belgian mechanic destroyed a multi-million dollar fighter jet after he accidentally fired a Vulcan cannon while carrying out repairs at an air force base. The $30 million plane quickly caught fire and exploded, according to Belgian broadcaster RTL.

    The mechanic was working with a colleague on two F-16s in a hangar near the control tower.

    It is understood that the third jet, which they inadvertently destroyed after firing the cannon, was just out of their line of sight.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12142486
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    Might be an idea not to leave the cannons loaded when warplanes go in for a service.