Manukau Courier : February 14th 2014
2 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 OPINION $ " $% & www.manukaucourier.co.nz Office Ph 272 7017 Editor Judith Tucker Hours: 8:30am-5pm ! Sales Manager Stuart Palmer p Deliveries Ph 525 2022 Fax 633 1958 Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 633 1969 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 12) Delivered each Tuesday/ Thursday/Friday to Clendon, Clover Park, Favona, Flat Bush, Goodwood Heights, Hill Park, Homai, Mahia Park, Mangere Bridge, Mangere Central, Mangere East, Manukau Central, Manukau Heights, Manurewa, Manurewa East, Middlemore, Otahuhu, Otara, Papatoetoe, Peninsula Park, Puhinui, Randwick Park, The Gardens, Totara Heights, Wattle Downs, Weymouth, Wiri. 68,814 33 Birmingham Rd, East Tamaki. P.O. Box 76-400, Manukau City. ( ! ! # $ " % & ' ( ' www.manukaucourier.co.nz Waitangi review Mainstream media finally got it sort of right with this year’s coverage of Waitangi Day. For years we have been subjected to sensational, over-the-top and dishonest coverage from the media. 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While the Harawira wha- nau is without doubt a significant feature of Waitangi, it has more often than not been misrepresented by mainstream media. The latest example is how the media portrayed the governor-general’s welcome this year. You would have thought there had been an assassination attempt on his life after a disagreement broke out with Hinewhare Harawira so provocative and sensational were the headlines. But the truth was that the disagreement was minor, which was confirmed by Sir Jerry Mateparae who wondered what all the fuss was about. Mainstream media was also guilty in 1998 when Titewhai Harawira stopped Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM Helen Clark from speaking at the Te Tii Marae in Waitangi after local kaumatua agreed she could talk – despite the rules being that women were forbidden from speaking. Titewhai said no and sent Miss Clark into an avalanche of tears but Titewhai was right when she said ‘‘why should Maori women not be allowed to speak on their own marae and an exemption be given to a Pakeha woman just because she is the head of the Labour Party?’’ That event sent main- stream media into a frenzy. Titewhai was condemned for disrespecting Labour’s leader and of course there was no proper analysis of why she had made her stand. The media’s judgement that Titewhai was out of line fed the Pakeha public’s hatred and resentment of the Harawiras and gave weight to the ignorant view that Waitangi Day should not be our national day. So it was good that this year, despite the media’s LETTER TO THE EDITOR Preparing pupils • FREE Nappies • FREE Healthy Heart hot nourishing food FULL TIME VACANCIES AVAILABLE 0 - 5 Year Olds. to help transition to school. Only $ 50 non –refundable deposit to secure a space. First week 50% discount. 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The curriculum features four-hour academic mornings (less morning break and classroom changing, etc) while the afternoons are devoted to sport, music and culture, the whole incorporating Christian values and philosophy. I amsure that this will turn out young people who are pleasant to know and have high moral and social values. But will they also have classes on how to apply for and live on the dole or manage on the pay packet of a counter assistant in a fast-food chain? Certainly there will be students who will achieve outstanding results – they are the ones who will succeed in any teaching environment – but it is the norm that one must judge on. ROSS MUIR Manurewa Break the obesity cycle in pregnancy Would you like to join a research study on health benefits of exercise during pregnancy? To join, you must be • less than 20 weeks pregnant • over-weight Participants will receive transport costs & exercycles to keep at study completion For more information on how to join Call or txt: 027 706 6263 Email: email@example.com Visit: www.liggins.auckland.ac.nz initial stumble with its interpretation of the governor-general’s welcome, the coverage improved. It really is a magnificent day at Waitangi and everyone who I have told to attend over the years has come away overwhelmed by the experience. I was glad that the media finally focused on the positivity around the celebrations. I spent a couple of days there and then went to West Auckland’s Hoani Waititi Marae to support an urban Maori celebration that was hosted by the Waipareira Trust. It was a fantastic day with thousands in attendance and this celebration was duplicated in regions all around the country. Finally our dopey main- stream media is starting to show this. Waitangi Day is more than just covering and misinterpreting the latest Harawira episode. Let’s hope the improved coverage continues. Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Hard-copy letters must have a legible signature. Only your name and suburb are published. Initials, pen names or email attachments are not accepted. We prefer letters about local issues. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. We discourage personal attacks try to advance the debate. All correspondence to the editor is assumed to be for publication unless marked otherwise. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Letters may be edited for sense, paper’s style, brevity, good taste and to protect the rights and reputations of individuals and groups. Opinions expressed must be genuinely held by the letter writer. Letters may be referred to others for right of reply. 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