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WAATEA NEWS COLUMN: Māori Politics 2017 – wins and losses

By   /  December 13, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

2017 was an explosive year for Māori politics and the election reshaped the political landscape in a dramatic fashion wiping out Māori Party and MANA Party aspirations while leaving the Labour Party with an enormous obligation to Māori voters.

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WAATEA NEWS: How should we respond to Don Brash’s criticism of Te Reo on Radio NZ?

By   /  December 5, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

What’s up with all these angry old white rich men suddenly denouncing Maoridom and how best should people who believe in progressive change and true Treaty partnership best respond to such naked ignorance?

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Waatea News: Can the activist left work constructively with new Government?

By   /  November 29, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

It’s not only the new Labour led Government who are finding the transition from opposition into power a difficult one to traverse, many activist groups seem to be struggling with how to engage constructively beyond mere opposition.

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Waatea News: Keystone pipeline spills 5000 barrels of oil & company caught hiring mercenaries

By   /  November 23, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

As if the terrible way the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe were treated when the US government seized their land to build the Dakota Access Pipeline through North Dakota wasn’t bad enough, the Keystone pipeline has burst and spilled 5000 barrels of oil this week on the heels of a damning report that the company who […]

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Waatea News: Based on media reporting of League violence, we don’t like Pacific Islanders much do we?

By   /  November 14, 2017  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

Since when did we dislike Pacific Islanders so much? I don’t know about you, but this weird myopic media focus on Pacific Island ‘violence’ after the League games currently playing up and down the country seems bewilderingly racist and vicious doesn’t it?

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WaateaNews: Māori Home Ownership in Tāmaki Makaurau: Is Auckland’s future an economically gated Pākeha community?

By   /  November 2, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

Could the largest Pacific Island and Maori city in New Zealand be unintentionally white washed by Labour’s new affordable housing KiwiBuild project?

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Waatea News Column: Why every Maori should be outraged by how racist National’s Bootcamps really are

By   /  August 28, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

You know it’s election time when National starts promising harsher and more punitive law and order policy, but I believe that Maori should be up in arms over National’s latest get tough on crime brainfart because the truth beneath the bootcamp headlines is that this is a remarkably racist programme.

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Waatea News Column – Rethinking Maori Prisons

By   /  July 2, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Building Maori prisons is not the solution to a racist prison system, making society and the instruments of law and order less racist is.

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Waatea News Column – A King speaks, corridors of power shudder

By   /  August 25, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

King Tuheitia’s words of discouragement towards the Labour Party and NZ First have shaken the corridors of power and re-ignited the political flame of an independent Maori voice in Parliament. READ MORE: 

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WAATEA NEWS COLUMN: Of course the Maori Party should turn its back on Helen Clark

By   /  August 2, 2016  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  37 Comments

The surprise by the mainstream media that the Maori Party won’t support Helen Clark’s bid for the UN says more about them than it does the Maori Party.

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WAATEA NEWS COLUMN: Digital fluency but no cultural fluency

By   /  July 6, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

It’s good that digital technology will soon become a compulsory part of our education system so that students have digital fluency, but in the week where we celebrate the Maori language, when will our students gain cultural fluency?

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WAATEA NEWS COLUMN: Pora case is a study in structural racism

By   /  June 20, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

I believe it is impossible to seriously critique the terrible miscarriage of justice against Teina Pora without revealing the naked structural racism still at the heart of our colonial justice system.

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Waatea News Column: Why Labour-Green could be the next Government – 2016 Green AGM

By   /  June 5, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

The launch of the MoU may have been rushed, clumsy and with little detail so as to avert a strategic change of position for the Greens, but Andrew’s performance helped prove that a union together was better than cross bench neutrality.

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WAATEA NEWS COLUMN: Fishing scandal a stink on us all

By   /  May 25, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

We are facing traumatic environmental change from global warming, our natural resources need a sustainable hand currently missing from the fishing industry and those charged with policing it.

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Waatea News Column – What we need to understand about the Blessie Gotingco case

By   /  May 24, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Blessie Gotingco deserved better, her whanau deserved better and we as a society deserve better.

What went wrong and what can we learn?

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WAATEA NEWS COLUMN – New Plymouth, Old Hate – how to really change the flag

By   /  May 23, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

The old hate in New Plymouth will only completely go when we realign the power dynamics between Maori and Pakeha. Only then can we step forward with pride at the ‘New Zealand way’ rather than fear collaboration.

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