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  • Russell Brown,

    The issue becomes even more acute when you consider how important Dr Walker’s Listener columns were. At first fiery and then more scholarly, they introduced The Listener’s mass readership to ideas it may not have had to consider before.

    I’d unhesitatingly nominate Morgan as a writer who could fill that role now. It just seems a no-brainer.

    But there are a lot of parts to this, including what’s become of print column-writing in general. It’s simply not valued any more, and where it is, it’s often the byline that’s valued and not what is actually written underneath. Hence, the worthless provocations of Hide’s column, the musings of any number of broadcast celebrities and the Star Times’ clinically uninteresting politician head-to-heads .(Jacinda Arden recently replaced Goff as Collins’ sparring partner. It’s no slight on either of them to say I can’t recall anything of either. It’s built right into the format.)

    But as you say, the lack is particularly acute in the case of Maori voices in the mainstream. There is a distinct Maori worldview and we are all the poorer that it is so inaccessible.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22537 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart,

    I miss Tapu Misa's columns in the Herald.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 816 posts Report Reply

  • Joshua Drummond, in reply to Carol Stewart,

    I miss Tapu Misa's columns in the Herald.

    Shit yes. They were really good.

    Since Nov 2006 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Tahu Potiki used to have a column in The Press, but I can't find any recent ones past mid-to-late last year - perhaps he disappeared with 'the improvements' that have been made...

    ...regular Māori columnists in the mainstream media

    Surely Toi Iti on Media Take is in 'Joycean' terms 'pretty regular'?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7704 posts Report Reply

  • Joshua Drummond,

    A couple of Maori columnists coming in from this post being shared around on Twitter:

    The excellent Lizzie Marvelly is Te Arawa (Ngati Whakaue) and she counts as an MSM columnist over at the Herald.

    And there's Tommy Wilson over at the Bay of Plenty Times.

    Since Nov 2006 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Tahu Potiki used to have a column in The Press, but I can't find any recent ones past mid-to-late last year - perhaps he disappeared with 'the improvements' that have been made...

    Destiny Church apologist Potiki's sidelining seems to have happened in parallel with hereditary Rogernome James Caygill's elevation from Ngai Tahu property manager to virtual Tangata Whenua.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4585 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Note that Lizzie Marvelly said yesterday she has Te Arawa heritage and today writes in her Herald column about Waitangi Day in that context.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22537 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Note that Lizzie Marvelly said yesterday she has Te Arawa heritage and today writes in her Herald column about Waitangi Day in that context

    I think this is the link you want:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11585379

    but I will watch that Hendrix doco some time...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7704 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Monday on my mind…
    I also see that Lizzie Marvelly’s column, like most other MSM coverage of Waitangi Day, does not note that for the first time since the passing of the ‘Mondayisation bill’ in 2013, that we get a holiday on Monday for Waitangi Day falling on a weekend.
    Is it because it was a bill introduced by Labour? or what?
    I’d have thought it a landmark of sorts…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7704 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I think this is the link you want:

    Ha ha – it is!

    It's not actually a Hendrix doco, but part three of Music Moguls, on music PR, and it's an amazing if alarming, watch.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22537 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    “There are now no regular Māori columnists in the mainstream media”

    I actually know a few Maori, writers of all kinds of things.
    Not one of them, I believe, would stoop so low as to work in the MSM.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Attachment

    Today's Tremain ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2586 posts Report Reply

  • Adam Gifford,

    One of the highlights of my media career was getting the Sunday Star Times to give Selwyn Muru a column. He produced almost of year of columns, amusing, sometimes angry, always illuminating. Then the section editor changed and he was dropped for an Iain Sharp column, which as far as I am aware never generated a single watt of illumination, apart from the glare of his whiteness (which he can;t help of course).

    Auckland • Since May 2011 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Maori columnists are few because they do not fit in the narrow band of acceptability that has ruled NZ print media forever.

    For instance why on earth has Keri Hulme has never had a newspaper column? Her work in Te Karaka, the Ngai Tahu magazine, is wonderful.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2893 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Today’s Tremain ….

    Edgy!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22537 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Adam Gifford,

    Then the section editor changed and he was dropped for an Iain Sharp column, which as far as I am aware never generated a single watt of illumination, apart from the glare of his whiteness (which he can;t help of course).

    I gather he's a very nice man, but I very much get what you're saying. Selwyn was a firecracker.

    Selwyn took a bit of a shine to me in the 90s when I had to interview him for a story once. He had a lot to say, than man. He's still with us, of course, but suffering from dementia.

    Dr Walker and his wife were also very pleasant to me when I met them two or three times in the 90s. I'd formed this picture of him as being very severe, but he wasn't like that at all.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22537 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    One revelation for me last year was realising how much “the Maori media” had replaced mainstream news outlets and websites for me, Maori Television news and current affairs shows in particular. I include Media Take in that, and other outlets such as Te Karaka.

    Maybe now we do indeed have the pakeha media, overwhelmingly for and by pakeha and reflecting the culture (or lack thereof), and in parallel the Maori media, for and by Maori.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2893 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Hebe,

    For instance why on earth has Keri Hulme has never had a newspaper column?

    She did for a while. in her post Bone People flush of media friendliness. It was in one of the then Sunday papers, when she also wrote occasional Listener reviews.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4585 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    She did for a while. in her post Bone People flush of media friendliness. It was in one of the then Sunday papers, when she also wrote occasional Listener reviews.

    I'd be real surprised if the powers-that-be at The Press these days realise she's a product of North Beach.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2893 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Selwyn was a firecracker.

    Selwyn took a bit of a shine to me in the 90s when I had to interview him for a story once. He had a lot to say, than man. He's still with us, of course, but suffering from dementia.

    When I sought Don Selwyn's endorsement of Te Rerenga Wairua, an animated film based on the spirits' journey in the afterlife, he reacted like an Old Testament prophet with dire warnings of supernatural consequences. Naturally I was chastened, until a helpful intermediary suggested a meeting with the late Don Selwyn.

    Always unshakeably amiable, Don told me not to worry about Selwyn Muru, as he probably didn't want anyone else touching the story before he got around to doing his own version. As he had so many projects on the go there was no risk of that happening in the foreseeable.

    Of course every time something went wrong, which it often did, I'd think "Ah this'll be Selwyn Muru's makutu", but so far, touch wood, I'm still cool. I was most impressed by his front fence, an amazing hybrid of pa palisade and junk sculpture. He told a story about a German tourist knocking on his front door asking for a copy of "the plan", so he could replicate it back in Germany.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4585 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Hallelujah, at the 11th and three quarter hour (and a bit) a champion has arisen to take up the gauntlet of main stream media columnist for iwi…

    The trouble this time is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, or TPPA. People oppose it for the same reason people used to have mullets – fashion, not logic. Being of Ngāpuhi descent myself, it’s been a real struggle to understand why local Maori are protesting a trade agreement.

    can you guess the author?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7704 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald,

    err...

    Alan Duff prophesies.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1325 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    When I sought Don Selwyn's endorsement of Te Rerenga Wairua, an animated film based on the spirits' journey in the afterlife, he reacted like an Old Testament prophet with dire warnings of supernatural consequences.

    Sorry, that should read "When I sought Selwyn Muru's endorsement". At the time I most definitely never confused him with Don Selwyn.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4585 posts Report Reply

  • James Caygill, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Hey thanks for the love Joe, keeping it classy I see.

    If I were to speculate I'd suggest Tahu's stopped writing due to his health.

    For your records Joe, I'm not a Rogernome, I prefer to be identified with things I've actually done so if you want to attack me blame me for the fifth labour government, not the fourth.

    I've never worked for Ngai Tahu Property, or any of the iwi's commercial subsidiaries. I was for three years the General Manager of Tribal Interests for the Office of Te Rūnanga. One of the teams in my group managed the tribal properties returned to the iwi as part of the settlement.

    I'm not remotely sure what "elevation ... to virtual Tangata Whenua" means, but to be clear, I'm Pakeha, my partner is Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Porou.

    Christchurch • Since Oct 2007 • 34 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to James Caygill,

    I've never worked for Ngai Tahu Property, or any of the iwi's commercial subsidiaries. I was for three years the General Manager of Tribal Interests for the Office of Te Rūnanga. One of the teams in my group managed the tribal properties returned to the iwi as part of the settlement.

    That's a hair-splittingly fine distinction.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4585 posts Report Reply

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