My good friend Willie Jackson has sent in this Guest Post. He called me and said he needed a bigger audience than other blogs and most newspapers. I think he might have been blowing a bit of smoke up the proverbial.
In any case here is his article about Radio NZ.
Last year RNZ cut its last Maori dedicated news in prime time, Manu Korihi, from its airwaves and not a word of criticism was directed their way in the Pakeha media world. Politicians irresponsibly also said nothing and a station that gets $35 million in taxpayers’ funding now not only doesn’t have one Maori presenter in prime time but it doesn’t have any Maori news.
It’s a story I have tried to get on mainstream media particularly in the main National newspapers but none were interested in doing anything, not the Herald, Dominion or any of the Sunday weekend papers. Of course I knew the reluctance or resistance to support my request was probably based on the fact that all those outlets have virtually no Maori working for them.
So obviously they were not going to back my call for an examination of RNZ’s Maori policy when their situation is equally questionable. Still my campaign, which is in fact a campaign that we initiated on Radio Waatea – which I head and is supported by our iwi radio network, has been going well. People are asking the question: “HOW DOES RNZ GET AWAY WITH IT?”
My view is that they get away with it because no one bothers to challenge them, mainstream media don’t care and politicians do nothing apart from greenlight the racist strategies that they come up with. RNZ is one of the best examples of institutionalised racism in this country. There is no other way to describe how this organisation is operating: they have had generations of tax payers’ dollars and they are meant to be the voice for all New Zealanders yet the Maori voice is silent and too many of our people’s stories are untold. Read more »