And here was me thinking Maori were the warrior race

Maori have portrayed themselves as the warrior race for many, many years.

But it seems they have become emasculated and become a pathetic girly race of half-people, upset over words and stories told in the wrong way.

A report by Mediaworks presenter Heather du Plessis-Allan that likened Maori sites of cultural significance to “rubbish dumps” has been deemed insensitive.

The item, which appeared on Story which du Plessis-Allan co-hosts with Duncan Garner, looked at how purchasers of Auckland homes near areas of cultural significance may need to get consent from iwi before undertaking structural building work.

During the piece du Plessis-Allan reported from an empty field.

“It’s where back in the old days Maori used to throw the shells when they’d finished eating their seafood. So it’s pretty much a rubbish dump.

“We looked it up – ‘midden’ is an old Danish word for ‘domestic rubbish dump’.”

Following the piece a member of the public, Ross Carter, complained to the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) that it was racist and denigrating of Maori culture.

What a bloody cry-baby.

He did not argue that the subject of iwi approval was not worthy of investigation, but said the manner and tone of the broadcast was disparaging.

The worst part was the reference to middens and the use of a dictionary definition to belittle the importance of such a site, he said.

In defence, Mediaworks denied the broadcast was racist and said the definition of midden had been taken from the Auckland Council website.

The point had been to show that areas of cultural significance were sometimes “unremarkable in their appearance”.

In their decision, the BSA agreed with Carter that the manner and tone of the item was potentially objectionable.

“Having viewed the broadcast several times, we are sympathetic to Mr Carter’s view that Ms du Plessis-Allan’s report could be seen as carrying racist undertones.

“She seemed incredulous that regard should be had to certain culturally significant sites, including the ‘midden’…the report lacked cultural sensitivity and we can understand how some viewers would have seen it as racist.”

However, the BSA did not believe the report portrayed sufficient malice against Maori for it to intervene or limit the right to freedom of expression.

The piece addressed legitimate issues that were in the public interest and were presented as the fault of the Auckland Council, rather than the iwi.

How ridiculous, middens are rubbish dumps…how on earth, other than for quaint archaeological reasons, could these possibly have important meaning?

This pathetic pandering to hurty feelings from the former warrior race are demeaning for all.

Ross Carter needs to harden up and get a life instead of parading his pathetic whinging to all and sundry.

 

-Fairfax


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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