Posts by Ewan Morris

  • Hard News: Standing together,

    This just in from the Herald - the Kohanga Reo National Trust has an army!

    Native Affairs aired several stories last year about the trust - which received $92 million from the Government in 2012 for 463 kohanga reo -and its wholly owned commercial army, Te Pataka Ohanga (TPO).

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  • Hard News: Standing together,

    The question I'd like someone in the media to ask is why the Kohanga Reo National Trust even has a commercial subsidiary company. (Incidentally, it's called Te Pataka Ohanga - not Patanga.)

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  • Hard News: Who else forgot to get married?,

    When my partner and I got married we both agreed on a new surname - not a blending of our old names, a new name altogether. One useful consequence is that my old name now functions as a quasi-pseudonym for purposes such as commenting on Public Address...

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  • Hard News: Media3: We have much to discuss,

    But do the lefties who wanted Al Nisbet’s unpleasant, unfunny newspaper cartoons put down with the full force of law have any moral high ground of their own here?

    Um, which lefties exactly? What I've been hearing is people saying the cartoons were unpleasant and unfunny - not that they should be censored, and particularly not that they should be "put down with the full force of law".

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  • Hard News: The Next Act,

    This is why all the Father-of-the-Nation burbling these past few days is wrong. He wasn't universally loved.

    An understatement, perhaps, but thanks for saying it. I have no wish to speak ill of the dead, but have been finding the reams of laudatory comment rather hard to take. Thanks for providing a more balanced and thoughtful perspective.

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  • Hard News: Where do you get yours? (Food…,

    Here is lovely Lower Hutt (yes, I hear you sniggering at the back there, but don't knock it till you've tried it), we have Zany Zeus with their new outlet store down the road in Moera (delicious cheeses [smoked and otherwise], yoghurts [again, smoked and otherwise - who knew there was such a thing as smoked yoghurt?], ice creams and more) and the Taste of Europe bakery in the other direction on Waiwhetu Road in Fairfield (fabulous German-style breads and pastries) - plus a Moore Wilsons a bit further away, and that's without even starting on Petone....

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  • Legal Beagle: A matter of conscience,

    This may be of interest - the Law Commission on alcohol legislation and the conscience vote

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  • Speaker: Bad Aid: How Murray McCully is…,

    Thanks for this, Terence. What I find particularly depressing is the fact that the media have almost entirely ignored McCully's destruction of our aid programme. When the former Director of NZAID (an ex-diplomat, and not one to speak out in such strong terms without very good cause) writes a column severely criticising McCully's changes to the aid programme, you would think that this would make the news, wouldn't you? But in fact it hardly caused a ripple. Something to cover in Media 7 perhaps, Russell?

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  • Hard News: The witless on the pitiless,

    Harawira is specifically framing his statement as a rebuttal to what "non-Maori" say about Bin Laden. He's pretty close to presenting what he says as a Maori perspective there, isn't he?

    I've translated "tauiwi" as non-Maori, but perhaps in the context it would be better to translate it as people who are not of Osama bin Laden's iwi (whatever that might be). I don't pretend to know exactly what Hone Harawira was trying to say, but I would suggest that he was drawing a contrast between how bin Laden had been portrayed in the West generally and how he was viewed by his own people. Again, I'm not trying to defend what he said, because the very best interpretation you can place on it was that he was dangerously ambiguous about what he thought of bin Laden, and you certainly can read his statement as supporting the view that bin Laden was some kind of freedom fighter.

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  • Hard News: The witless on the pitiless,

    Just for the record, this is my transcription and translation of the most relevant part of the interview with Hone Harawira on Te Karere. I have no wish to defend his comments, but I think we should be accurate about exactly what he said.

    Scotty Morrison: ...engari, he tangata whawhai mo te tino rangatiratanga o tona iwi, ne ra? Mo ona whakapono?
    [...but he was a person who fought for the tino rangatiratanga of his people, wasn't he? For his beliefs?]
    Hone Harawira: Ae, ahakoa nga korero a tauiwi, e mohio ana, e tangi ana tona whanau i tenei ra, tona hapu, tona iwi, ki tenei tangata e tu ana, e whawhai ana mo tona ake tino rangatiratanga, mo tona ake whenua, mo tona ake iwi, te iwi taketake o reira.
    [Yes, despite what non-Maori have said, his family, tribe and people are mourning today for this person who is standing up and fighting for his tino rangatiratanga, for his land, for his people, the indigenous people of that place.]

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