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Willie Jackson calls for a bigger trough

If there is a trough then Willie Jackson can be found nearby.

If it needs to be bigger then Willie is calling for a bigger trough.

The Chairman of the Maori Radio Network Te Whakaruruhau, Willie Jackson, called for an inquiry into the embarrassing level of Maori content on Radio NZ on the TVNZ news show Te Karere today.

Radio Waatea, the National Maori language current affairs and news provider conducted a 12 week audit of National Radio which revealed that out of 1440 hours of content Monday to Friday, RNZ played a mere 99 minutes of Maori content (0.1%) between November 2015 and January 2016.

The audit came about after Jackson challenged the Head of Content for Radio NZ Carol Hirschfeld over the cancellation of their Maori dedicated news Manu Korihi in October of 2015. Ms Hirschfield said there would be even more Maori news after the cancellation of the news show, but the 12 week audit of daily news posted on their very own website reveals something that is substantially different to what she promised.

Willie Jackson says that Carol Hirschfeld?s response was to predictably rubbish the audit. She said Maori are also mentioned on their national, political and regional web pages. ? Read more »

Trougher, desperate for attention, trying to re-write past again

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Here we go again.

Poor old trougher Shane Kawenata Bradbrook ? the trougher exposed on Whaleoil for living it up large around the world on the taxpayer, is crying to Maori media after another troughing group gets a slap from the Taxpayers Union.

This time it is taxpayer funded anti-tobacco group ASH getting a serve from the Taxpayers Union who say:

The Taxpayers? Union believes that questions need to asked about why a lobby group, working with the Maori Party on a political campaign around tobacco plain packaging, is largely taxpayer funded. ?This morning?s front page of the New Zealand Herald covers the latest efforts to build political pressure to introduce a plain packaging law.

Taxpayers? Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says, ?While civil servants operate under a duty of political neutrality, the Ministry of Health and others are awarding substantial sums of taxpayer money to health and environmental lobby groups to push particular political agendas.”

?It is wrong for special interest groups such as ASH to be using taxpayer money for political campaigns. ASH’s?factual inaccuracies about the impact of plain packaging on smoking consumption in Australia suggests that they are operating outside any of the usual public sector control requiring balanced and evidenced based public statements.?

According to ASH?s most recent annual return filed with the Charities Register, more than 90% of ASH?s funding comes from the taxpayer.

Mr Williams says, ?We all support funding for front line and addiction services such as Quitline. What we don?t support is funding to political organisations to operate campaigns with taxpayer money.”

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Crippled by Crazies

Russel Norman has come out swinging.

In an interview with Willie Jackson at Radio Waatea he described Dotcom and his pals in the Internet Mana party as “crazies” and they crippled the Greens campaign.

Greens co-leader Russel Norman says Internet Mana was a guided missile aimed at the left.

He says he visited Kim Dotcom at the start of the year to try to convince the internet mogul not to start a political party.

The party went ahead under the leadership of former Alliance MP Laila Harre, who had worked during 2013 as the Greens? Auckland-based issues director.

Mr Norman says dragging Mana leader Hone Harawira into the mess by convincing him to sell his first list position set the scene for disaster.

“I mean we had enough trouble with John Key standing up every day telling all his nonsense about us and on the other had we had to deal with these crazies. Having them on the radio and tv all the time talking their nonsense, it was like ?Oh god,? it did make it incredibly difficult to change the Government at that point because a lot of people who might have voted for Labour went ?Oh god, if a vote for Labour means a vote for Dotcom and Harre, I?m not going to do that,'” he says

Mr Norman says Internet Mana?s party vote strategy was to spend $3 million trying to take votes from potential Green supporters.

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What Maori think about political parties

With so many Pakeha commentators talking about the possible demise of the Maori Party, it is interesting to see what happens when Maori are asked, as Radio Waatea did?early this week.

What a?different result, and easy to see why Jamie Whyte has gone Maori-bashing:

Which party are you most likely to vote for?

39% – Maori Party

15% – Greens
13% – Internet Mana

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JT to sue Mediaworks, slams the sisterhood

John Tamihere is going to sue Mediaworks over his dumping from Radio Live.

NBR reports:

Former RadioLive host John Tamihere says he will sue MediaWorks over his departure.

Mr Tamihere and co-host Willie Jackson werestood down?last month after a controversial interview with a girl who phoned saying she was a friend of a victim of the Roast Busters. ? Read more »

John Banks talks to Willie Jackson on Partnership schools

The PPTA are unhinging over Partnership schools.

Meanwhile the government and those involved are getting on with setting them up.

John Banks was on Radio Waatea with Willie Jackson and explains just precisely why he is implementing Partnership schools.

It is a wide ranging discussion and well worth listening to.

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Whale on Waatea

I was on Radio Waatea on Tuesday night talking with Claudette Hauiti talking politics, Truth, and the bad boys.

Have a listen:

Cam Slater aka Whaleoil on Radio Waatea with Claudette Hauiti

Len Brown might like these tickets

Radio Waatea is promoting a play with some free tickets. Len Brown might be interested in them

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