February 18, 2016
Residual racism in Maori news drought
A veteran Maori broadcaster says Radio New Zealand is falling down on the job of reflecting all of New Zealand – including Maori.
An audit of by Maori radio umbrella group Te Whakaruruhau found that since dropping its regular Manu Korihi bulletins, Maori content has dropped to just 0.1 percent of the total news.
Derek Fox says historically poor coverage of Maori issues was one of the reasons he and others took the government to court in the 1980s when it wanted to corporatise public radio and television without making provision for Maori broadcasting.
He says a new generation of managers have no institutional knowledge and believe they know best.
"And there is also some residual racism in that I know for a fact a number of them will be saying 'You've got all your radio stations, you've got Maori Television, why don't you go there, we don't have to carry anything from you any more.' The difficulty is it is called National Radio, it is not called Pakeha radio," Mr Fox says.
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