I have been inspired to write this blog after being a regular follower and contributor of articles on Maori issues in the media.
For four years I worked as a reporter at a medium sized daily newspaper and during that time I covered the Maori Affairs round. As a Maori descendant with iwi affliations that spread across much of the motu it seemed only natural that I would have an interest in this area. It was a natural fit almost and while I acknowledge that some of the stories I wrote were contentious I always believed my role was to provide as much of the information in a fair and balanced way to those who read my stories.
Last month I resigned from my job as a reporter to explore new opportunities. This provides me with an opportunity to share my personal opinion in certain areas but I have missed writing and sharing information. I decided to start this blog after watching Close Up's story on race relations in New Zealand that aired over April 23 and 24. It was a story that left me outraged.
The By Microwave blog, named after a description of a set of experiences I faced as a junior reporter, will endeavour to look at Maori issues as they are portrayed in the media. I am known as a bit of a ranter but I have also been inspired by Morgan Godfrey and his blog Maui Street and I can only hope to somewhat emulate him. Through his blog and in his appearances on television Morgan has portrayed himself as a mostly-neutral observer that makes decisions on the information known. I hope to provide a viewpoint that will explore the media's treatment of Maori stories from an equally neutral (albeit coloured) standpoint.
My goal in this blog is to stimulate discussion around presentation of Maori stories in the media and what our expectations, as new consumers, should be.
If you haven't seen it here is a link to the debate on Close Up about issues that were raised in a story the previous night about Maori activist Wikatana Popata and his brother.
In his latest blog post Morgan said "It achieved nothing other than to provide John Ansell with a platform to parrot his flawed and offensive views on Maori and New Zealand society." I definitely had to agree with Morgan, what was your opinion about it?
Nga mihi nunui