Question for our media: why don’t you ignore fabricated ‘race’ attacks?

It must be election time again, when the usual Maori political suspects need to cheaply raise their public profile.

How, what has worked in the past?

Oh, wait!

Let’s call people racists!

Iwi are to gain control of Maori Television and millions of taxpayer dollars in an election year lolly-scramble that is alarming officials.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says “racist” Treasury and State Services Commission officials are trying to stop his paper going to the Cabinet next week, because they fear iwi will misspend Crown money as they allegedly did with Whanau Ora and Kohanga Reo.

The only reason these “racist” attacks keep working is because the media are happy to buy into the staged bun fight.

No exposure, no need to stoop as low as to label?Treasury and State Services Commission officials as racists. ?

You might actually have to base an argument on the actual merits of the proposal, instead of going for the sensational headline.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples is just pulling a Winston Peters, although he’s getting no love from other Maori on the issue

Willie Jackson, chairman of the Maori Television Electoral College and 21 Maori radio stations, said his board members were “furious” at Sharples’ plans to hand off responsibility for the Maori language agencies.

“These are the very people who drove the Maori language renaissance, and now he seeks to sideline them.

“What’s ironic is that the renaissance was born and driven by people like Pita in the cities, in West and South Auckland, in Porirua and Wellington, because the tribes didn’t give a stuff.

“Iwi are not ready ? I know that for a fact. I’m worried for Maori Television, that the iwi and language fundamentalists will take over.”

Mana leader Hone Harawira said: “It wipes out 30 years of activism around our reo, and is a huge kick in the face for those who fought long and hard for these gains ? and the tens of thousands of whanau who’ve slogged their guts out for decades to ensure its survival.

“I sincerely hope they’re not going to be brought off by the promise of a few high-up jobs for their mates.”

Racism. Troughing. Maori.

Pick any three.


– NZ Herald