This year’s elections have certainly heated up these past few weeks. Suddenly I am intrigued and excited about what could transpire. Four party leaders have resigned in 2017, three of them in very close proximity to the election itself. The dust is being stirred.
However, what I would like to highlight here is the persecution of Meteria Turei – Māori, woman, single mother – seems she fell on the sword (the one that was held under her by the mainstream male-dominated white collar media machine, and that which belongs to the dominant oppressive majority). Whether one agrees or disagrees with her actions, historical or current, the double standards that our NZ politicians are held accountable to are shocking (as much as they are predictable).
Instead of rehashing what has already been eloquently written by others, I direct you to these blogs that I think neatly sum up the bias of NZ media, and much of NZ itself.
As Wayne Hope writes: “The venomous barbs which drive controversial political events sometimes draw out the toxicities of society.”
Frank Macskasy tells us that “For the first time ever, I had willfully switched off a Radio NZ political programme. Listening to three, privileged, well-paid, middle-class, pakeha professionals pontificating on the sins of a 23 year old young maori woman two decades ago was more than I could stomach. “
“But even more disturbing” says Leonie Pihama “has been emergence in the past weeks of a kind of punitive, vindictive, mean-spirited media gang led by primarily privileged white men who have no idea what it means to live in a level of poverty that many in this country exist in every day.”
What is most upsetting is that the opportunity to have a decent conversation about social welfare has been missed. Instead my FB newsfeed is full of my Auckland friends asking me to “join with them” in signing a petition about increasing road speed from 80-100kph on a stretch of motorway, and/or to remove Mike Hosking as MC at the political debate. Not that one expects FB to provide vital information on the welfare of the country, but it does signify what people seem to value most. It is shockingly yet predictably sad.