In 1972 the Te Reo Māori society and activist group Ngā Tamatoa presented a petition ot Parliament calling on Māori language and culture to be introduced in schools. I spoke with John McCaffery who was one of the people who presented the petition about Te Reo then and now.
An academic says New Zealand’s Foreign Ministry has no business controlling Tokelau because it’s a realm state.
Under New Zealand’s direction, Tokelau has suffered restrictions on its capital spending and has been forced to suspend two public servants this year.
The University of Auckland’s John McCaffery said a 2010 parliamentary report on New Zealand’s relationship with the Pacific made it clear that there needed to be change in how realm countries are treated.
McCaffery told producer Mack Smith that New Zealand’s recent involvement in Tokelau were an affront to the nation and unconstitutional.
Producer Leonard Powell caught up with Sam Dowdall who's travelling the country cutting men's hair and helping men open up about mental health while sitting in the barber chair, as this is something that's often obscured by ideas of masculinity. He's known as the Barter Barber and is trying to do something about a problem that he along with so many others have seen first hand.
This Saturday, Save Our Unique Landscape or SOUL have organized a hikoi along K Road. The event, Te Karanga a Hape Hikoi aims to raise awareness about the group’s campaign to save Ihumatao in Mangere from development, while symbolically connect Ihumatao with K Road through the shared story of Hape. They hope the Hikoi will alert their struggle to more people in the CBD who might not be aware of Ihumatao and the planned Fletcher development there. Sam Smith spoke to SOUL member Rebecca Hobbs about the event and what they hope to achieve from it.
In the last week, RNZ has come under fire for its use of Te Reo with Don Brash among others annoyed by its presence on national radio, and television. Brash says he doesn’t understand the language, says it has no value to him, and that it is being rammed down peoples throats. Other people like media commentator John Drinnan say RNZ does not have a strategy for its use of Te Reo, with no reason given as to why it is being used and what is being said. The Monday Wire team were joined for a live panel discussion on the use of Te Reo in the media by news director Lillian Hanly, Morning Glory host Geneva Alexander-Marsters, and former Wire producer Atereano Mateariki.