Thursday September 03, 2015   Last updated 18:42PM
max
°
min
°

On Air Now | Radio Waatea

06:30pm - 07:00pm
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
DMI Maori-Radio Banner
E-Tangata-Test2
Enroll Now Semester 2 - Watea 300x132px-01
300x132
Mataora2205-1
 
Colleen Urlich | Tribute to international artist Manos Nathan
Artist Colleen Urlich talks about  international artist Manos Nathan who passed away. She says he was more than just a friend he was a brother. 
Daisy Noble | Importance of Inanga / whitebait to Nga Ruahine
Daisy Noble from Nga Ruahine and her concerns and the importance with inanga/ whitebait in the Taranaki rohe and in the past for Daisy's whanau it was an economic base when she was growing up
Debbie Marshall Loeb and Anthony Lobb | Hato Paora College
Debbie Marshall Loeb is the principal and Anthony Lobb is the Director of Living at Hato Paora School in Fielding. An information evening is open for parents and whanau if they are looking for quality education for their child
Maori Party co leader Marama Fox
Marama Fox the co leader of the Maori Party covers issues of importance to Maori. Today she focuses on refugees. 
Dr Cameron Grant | Immunisation study from Growing up in New Zealand
Dr Cameron comments about some of the latest findings in the Growing Up in New Zealand study focusing on immunisation 
Harko Brown | Maori contingent heading to Brazil for Inidigenous Games
Harko Brown who is the Maori representant for the Inidgenous Games to be hosted in Brazil next month. 
Keith Stewart | Tribute to artist Manos Nathan
Keith Stewart talks about his memories of international artist Manos Nathan 
1 Kelvin Davis | Nga Whareherehere
Labour are rejecting the current prison data
Are Corrections racist?
MARTYN BRADBURY: Tom Hemopo, a retired probations officer has launched a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal claiming the crown have failed to reduce the number of Maori in our prisons.
Problems still ahead for Sam
WILLIE JACKSON: When Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Liga confirmed in parliament that a prison guard at the under the microscope Mt Eden jail was suspended after being caught on camera showing inmates boxing techniques, his portfolio officially became the laughing stock of the Government.
CYFs are failing children and many are Maori kids
MARTYN BRADBURY: The latest report into the nightmare of CYFs have shown that many children are being abused in state care and that there is no evidence that they are safer inside State care than outside it.
0
TMP2
p waateap listenp podcastp rssp facebookp twittercontactus

Submit


Glossary

Subscribe

To receive regular updates from Waatea News.