Sunday August 24, 2014   Last updated 07:15AM
max
°
min
°

On Air Now | Radio Waatea

06:00am - 09:00am
Whiua
Iwi
Waitangi Day
Getty Images.

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

Opinion: Another Waitangi Day has come and gone and yet again most of the mainstream media has performed abysmally.

That of course is apart from John Tamihere and me who presented a three-hour show on Radio Live and Hugh Barlow from National Radio who produced an excellent two-hour show on the day with no mention of Titewhai Harawira.

The obsession that the media has with Titewhai particularly around Waitangi Day borders on unhealthy.

You would think there was nothing else happening at Waitangi given the over-the-top coverage of who would escort Prime Minister John Key on to the marae.

While I wouldn't exactly describe Titewhai as a "gentle old lady", which was how Mr Key described her, I certainly wouldn't vilify her the way that mainstream media does.

Titewhai is no angel and she and I have had our disagreements over the years but she is person who deserves much more credit for the contribution she has made in advancing the Māori cause.

At 81 she is still as sharp as she was 20 years ago.

She continues to take no prisoners when she criticises people - whether they be Pakeha or Māori. Her acidic tongue is legendary.

She abhors racism and the way Māori have been treated historically in this country and refuses to accept the way some Māori men treat their women.

She has been a huge critic of the treatment of Māori women on her marae and this was some of the background to what was happening this year.

The fight about who was going to escort the prime minister wasn't just some sort of catfight or granny fight as mainstream media would have had you believe.

It was about shutting down Titewhai who has exposed, and continues to threaten to expose, the sexism and abuse of some of the men on her marae.

There is still resentment towards her because she stopped Labour leader Helen Clark from speaking on the marae in 1998.

Titewhai's view was Māori women aren't allowed to talk so why should a Pakeha woman be given priority over them?

That makes perfect sense to me but she was condemned by mainstream media and the public.

However she received huge support from Māori women and leaders like Tariana Turia who at the time was a Labour MP.

The anger to that stand from Titewhai is still evident and it's a shame that the media were too useless to give some context and background to what was really happening this year.

That aside, I thought it was a wonderful day.

There were 30,000 people at Waitangi for the occasion and more and more are starting to celebrate around the country.

That will get even better once our lazy media picks up its game.

Comments


Post comment:

Name*
Email*
Will not be published

Maximum of 1750 characters (about 300 words)
In order to assist us in reducing spam, please type the characters you see:
spam control image
I have read and accepted the terms and conditions

These comments are moderated. Your comment, if approved, may not appear immediately. Please direct any queries about comment moderation to webmaster@waatea603am.co.nz
WEBAD - TWoAotearoa - Computing
NEW RELEASE: The Whole World's Watching
Moana & The Tribe


 
Te Wero 22/08/14 - Part One
Te Wero: Election 2014 - Part One: Flaxroot analysis of the Hauraki Waikato electorate with your hosts, Tina Wickliffe and Dale Husband.
Te Wero 22/08/14 - Part Two
Te Wero: Election 2014 - Part Two: The Hauraki Waikato debate with Nanaia Mahuta (Labour), Angeline Greensill (MANA) and Susan Cullen (Maori Party). Facilitated by Willie Jackson and Dale Husband.
Te Wero 22/08/14 - Part Three
Te Wero: Election 2014 - Part Three: Talkback with Merepeka Raukawa Tait from the Te Arawa FM studio.
Manako 22082014 - Pt 1 of 6 Tamati Kruger
Tamati Kruger | Tuhoe negotiator Tamati Kuger says todays crown apology will allow the iwi to set aside distrust and anger and create its own future.
TWP 22082014 - Pita Sharples
Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples | A Whangarei frozen yoghurt store boss will be getting a cold call from the Maori Party about banning an employee from greeting customers with kia ora. Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says that warrants interv
Manako 22082014 - Pt 2 of 6 Tina Wickliffe
Political Reporter Tina Wickliffe | John Key is under seige and the latest polls
Manako 22082014 - Pt 5 of 6 Peter Lucas Jones
Te Hiku O Te Ika Reporter Peter Lucas Jones | Over the past 2 weeks whales have beached themselves near Te Oneroa A Tohe ...whats the cause ?
Manako 22082014 - Pt 4 of 6 Fred Holloway
Tamaki ki Te Uru Kaumatua Fred Holloway | Why are so many people committing suicide
Dirty Politics
OPINION: What a fascinating last couple of weeks it’s been in politics. There seems no doubt that the entry of Kim Dotcom into national politics has created a frenzy never seen before.
Talent might not be enough
OPINION: Lately I have been mediating political debates on behalf of Maori Radio.
Race Card Time
OPINION: You know there is an election on when politicians start playing the race card. And that’s what’s been happening over the last few weeks.
0
WEBAD - Fortis Cars Ad1
WaateaFuneral
 
TMP2
p waateap listenp podcastp rssp facebookp twittercontactus

Submit


Glossary

Subscribe

To receive regular updates from Waatea News.