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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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Waatea News Column – The breathtaking racism of Seven Sharp and Mike Hosking’s white privilege

By   /  May 11, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

The heart breaking story of New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd is bad enough. The abuse he has had to resign from because he had the courage to push for Maori rights should shame NZ because such naked ignorance makes us a lesser country.

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This weeks Waatea news column – Who actually benefits from the Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill?

By   /  April 20, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on This weeks Waatea news column – Who actually benefits from the Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill?

Barely a month after the Waitangi Tribunal criticised the new plans for Maori land for its utter lack of real consultation with Maori,

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This weeks Waatea news column – When we deny our history – we deny ourselves

By   /  April 7, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on This weeks Waatea news column – When we deny our history – we deny ourselves

After the Maori Affairs select committee presented a student led petition to have the NZ land wars included in the national curriculum, the Ministry of Education decided to refuse the request.

Why?

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This weeks Waatea news column – Labour Party Future of Work Conference Day 2 – the most important thing to emerge

By   /  March 29, 2016  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on This weeks Waatea news column – Labour Party Future of Work Conference Day 2 – the most important thing to emerge

Day 2 of Labour’s impressive Future of Work Conference saw impassioned argument and debate. It was as if the days previous intellectual juggernauts cleared the way for the Left to begin a dialogue in earnest.

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