Te Karere, Tini Molyneux, Treatygate, TVNZ

Is 'Te Karere' Te Reo for 'Trickery'?

On Tuesday 14 August, I did a pre-recorded interview with Tame Iti’s cousin Tini Molyneux for TV One’s Te Karere.

I was warned not to.

Rule no. 1 when dealing with a Griever Maori broadcaster is “insist on a live interview”.

(That’s because the Grievers regard balance as a dumb Pakeha concept for which they have total contempt.)

Next best plan is to ask for a copy of the whole interview.

So I did. Pronto.

I sent the above email on the same day as the interview — so they couldn’t try to say they’d ‘lost’ the footage.

The interview itself was a full-on scrap. I really enjoyed it.

Tini is a Tuhoe with a tomahawk to grind, and I wasn’t going to put up with any history-twisting. I wouldn’t be surprised if I was the stroppiest interviewee she’d ever had.

I figured Tini would fight tooth and nail not to let people see the whole interview.

And that seems to be what she’s done.

From the original interview of maybe fifteen to thirty minutes, she ended up slicing me into slivers totalling forty seconds.

Then followed a six to eight minute character assassination.

They even roped in Chris ‘Tangata’ Whinlayson to bag me as ‘nuts’, and Te Ururoa (AKA Jamie, AKA Hemi) Flavell to slur my totally innocent parents.

I’ll soon be doing a major dissection of the piece that ran, to show you just how biased and sleazy these Grievers and Appeasers are.

It was my lawyer’s idea to ask for all the footage under the Official Information Act.

He advised me that the recording was a document held by the state, and that I was entitled to get it.

I knew they’d stall for time.

But I’m pretty sure the law required them to provide the footage within 14 days.

TVNZ’s general counsel Brent McAnulty sent the following email after 29 days.

And guess what?

He’s saying they’ve lost the footage!:

Can you believe that? I can’t.

Not when my email asking for the footage arrived on the same day as I arrived for the filming.

So yes, Brent, I certainly will be exercising my “right to seek an investigation and review of the above refusal by making a complaint under Section 28 (3) to an Ombudsman.”

I’ll be hoping the state complaints department is more honest than the state broadcaster.

I won’t be holding my breath.

24 thoughts on “Is 'Te Karere' Te Reo for 'Trickery'?

  1. This really doesn’t surprise me. I have wondered for some years, with rolling eyes, who it is that pulls the strings at TVNZ, who makes the decisions as to what is broadcast and why. In the late 90’s I met somene who worked there and I was told eyebrow-raising stories that I have no reason to doubt. This is a person of admirable intellect and who I firmly believe is an honourable person. “Jobs for the boys” and other such cliche`s were in abundance and not towing the ‘party’ line was a sure way to the dole queue. I seriously doubt that footage was ‘lost’, I’d be more inclined to say that it’s been selectively censored. “Selective censorship? At TVNZ?”

    Well, if walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….

    I vaguely recall a line I read in Ian Wishart’s “The Paradise Conspiracy” that went; “New Zealand is a dirty little country” (or words to that effect) and although I don’t recall who was quoted as saying it I can’t help but think they were right and things have just been getting worse since that book was written.

    Keep up the good work John. And thanks.

    [JA: Thanks Peter. I don’t doubt the footage is still there. They just don’t want what I said reaching the ears of the people.]

  2. The simple and disgraceful truth is that they are corrupt. As corrupt as any of the places in the world that we normally associate with corrupt practices. They really do need to be called to account – in public – for their lies and evasions and their doctoring of the truth to suit their own scruffy ends. Pursue them relentlessly John – it is time someone did.

    [JA: I’ll certainly pursue them at least as far as the Ombudsman, John. But what are the odds in this supposedly corruption-free country of one bureaucrat punishing another?]

  3. Has the interview been screened yet? If not, could you insist it not be screened unless they can provide you with a copy of the full interview?

  4. I am not surprised the supporters of separatism in this country have acted this way. Much like the ‘brown shirts” really. We are a very corrupt nation for sure. Time to sort things.

  5. Again I read the ‘Stuff’ webpages to find the two items pertaining to Maori and the hui regarding ‘water rights’ do not have the ability to comment. You can comment on the Christchurch school issues and many others but not on the hui. Can anyone please tell me wy this is so? Or maybe I/we can second-guess it and suggest that this is even more censorship……no point in letting the general public have their say on this one is there?

  6. Yes, I have to say I’m not at all surprised. It is very obvious that people in high places pull strings on racial issues amongst our media.

    They were actually very cunning with your interview, John, and what they screened couldn’t be called an interview at all. It was just selective sound bites to fit in with what they were trying to portray.

    I doubt you will get anywhere with them – they are too crafty, but I would push it as far as you can and hopefully get some publicity from the ‘push’, which will expose them in an adverse way. They wouldn’t be happy about that.

  7. John I am appalled that your prediction of “losing the footage” and the “selective” propaganda only version was aired. I would love to see the whole footage.

    Are we really a democracy!!

    In full support of exposing this for what it is, Herr Goebbels in action

  8. This is a disgrace. I can’t believe it to be honest. Thanks John for publishing the details and providing transparency.

    Imagine this.

    A ’NZ European’ biased TV show does a character assassination interview on a ’Maori’ or any other ethnic group member in a slanderous way then low & behold, loses the footage of the racially biased report while whatever they show still goes to air. You would get every minority group in the country running to the race relations council.

    What can those who oppose this type of racial segregation do? Jack shit. And I know many friends who are part Maori but do not on the whole identify as Maori however they hate the griever gravy train and Te Karere type separation we have in this country. They have got over it and got on with it and are doing well.

    How long will the radical and corporate sides of Maoridom continue to tar all Maori with this brush riding on the gravy train? As long as that continues, achiever Maori flock to Australia where many feel they lose the stigma associated with being see as ’Maori’ in NZ.

    Its shameful we have this type of bollocks in New Zealand in 2012.

  9. I totally agree M Moon. It’s shocking how Griever Maori are tainting the Achiever Maori with their racist brush.

    I have family in Australia who have actually had part-Maori say to them in answer to a question asking if they will go back to NZ eventually and been told there is no way they would because of the tribal separatist nonsense going on.

    Another reason cited is that if they did all their rellies would be expecting them to pay for this and that because they were deemed to be reasonably well off.

    This is absolutely true and I think it is terrible they don’t feel they can return to their own country with all the nonsense that is going on.

  10. I applaud all those, Maori or whoever who move to Australia to better themselves. They have the knowledge and skills to do so and are indeed doing just that. Those who stay behind expecting a handout or are the corporates who stir Maori into a frenzy over it are the ones who are bringing this country down.

    Good on em for staying there, I know what they would be up for if they came back, all the cuzzies would come out of the woodwork wanting them to pay this, buy me that etc.

    John, what/when/how can this all stop? Do you really think TreatyGate will be successful?

    [JA: I believe the Colourblind State is one of those ideas whose time has come.

    Whether enough people hear about it – and the Treatygate rorts – may ultimately depend on whether the rich step up.

    The poor can only do so much, and we can’t rely on the media.

    New Zealand’s rich haven’t been the most generous donors to political causes, compared with those in other countries – it’s always the same old names.

    But the great advantage we have is time. It’s only early days and the signs are good.

    This blog, for example, is going gangbusters. Today is looking like the biggest day since I launched in 2008. And the first Treatygate post has spun a thread longer than any of Kiwiblog’s, bar one – and it may yet exceed that.

    Now if I could just figure out how to stop the closing bracket from skipping to the next line!]

  11. Lesson learned :
    Always take your own tape recorder or video camera with you…
    Surely they can’t object to that ?!

    [JA: Well their lawyers weren’t too keen when we tried it in the Ureweras. :-)]

  12. It seems to me that the National Party are desperate to stay in power & will bend to every grasping & rapacious demand of the Maori – whatever that means these days – anyone who wants to get on the gravy train & who can claim any tiny bloodline link.. So the “loss” of the full interview is just one manifestation of disregarding the interests of the people who have dragged this country into the modern world. Imagine if, having repatriated all immigrants in UK back to wherever they – or their ancestors – came from, then returned NZ back to the state it was in, say 1800, so we could return to our countries of origin. Generate your own picture!!

  13. thanks for not taking any bullshit.your a true nz warrior without the intimidation and tongue poking.They have had it their own way for too long.

  14. What encouraging posts we are getting today which makes it a good start.

    I’m actually wondering if the reasons successive Governments are giving into ‘Maori’ the way they are, it firstly because they want to stay in power but another thought occurs to me.

    Are they worried that the Hone Harawiras of this country will rise up and fight – literally if we stand up and say NO MORE? We all saw how many united in the march over the foreshore and seabed.

    Of course I would be interested to know how many were beneficiaries and therefore had plenty of time on their hands.

    It’s just a thought. However, it’s obvious we need a very strong Leader and if civil war (perish the thought) breaks out, then there are far more of us than them. I would get my frying pan out and beat them over the head if need be!!!!?? (Joke)

  15. I would be interested to see how many ‘Hone’s’ there really are out there in existence. I have found many, who you would think are ‘Maori’ actually quite disgusted and annoyed at the Hone’s of this world.

    I think the NZ public, many of whom are sympathetic to the Maori cause are the real underlying reason politicians peddle out to the griever Maori, scared to lose the middle class sympathizer vote.

    Mates who were sick of NZ overall and the Maori griever industry that was tainted them with the same brush moved to oz and have never looked back. Good on em. It’s a shame these radicals are driving some of their I guess you could say ‘own kind’ or sharing of blood brothers away by their constant grieving antics.

    Achiever Maori or any other ethnic group should be celebrated and applauded and then maybe the griever’s will see how pathetic and stupid they really are as the world leaves them behind in the dark ages.

  16. I particularly like and totally agree with your last paragraph M Moon. Thankfully there are many Achievers and they are just as fed up with the Grievers as everyone is.

    Politicians have a lot to answer for and it’s time we kicked them out from their power house and put people in there who have the interests of the country as a whole at heart.

  17. Helen; you say “put people in there who have the interests of the country as a whole at heart” but who are these people? They are pretty thin on the ground in my experience. That’s not to say we shouldn’t look for them and encourage them though.

    Finding politicians who have their country’s best interests at heart is a challenge, to say the least, but to find such a person who adds racial equality to their portfolio is even more of a struggle. Not because they don’t embrace racial equality but because they are too afraid to say so in fear of political (at the very least) retribution. To try and halt the Treaty bandwagon now for any MP would, probably, be political suicide and garner a lifelong ‘racist’ badge to with it. They would be shot down (metaphorically speaking, I hope) left, right and centre.

    There is a need for new blood in NZ politics. Strong-willed people who reflect true public feeling and remain stoic, not starting out with effervescent idealism only to falter later and succumb to party lines. It would be a struggle of biblical proportions but the first stone of every bridge has to be laid sometime, somewhere.

    JA as an independent?

    1. 2 small boys – black boy (BB) & white boy (WB). BB – I’m black & I’m proud of it. WB – That’s nice. WB – I’m white & I’m proud of it. BB – Racist. Says it all.

  18. We need someone/something that has a real backbone with incredibly thick skin, preferably bullet proof to some extent because whoever puts their head up above the parapet with these wider issues will most certainly be shot at by the griever gravy train interest groups and most ignorant middle NZ society.

    There is growing dissent Mr Ansell and your blog stats should prove the notion that many are interested in what you have to say and offer.
    The time to strike out over the next 12-18 months to gather momentum will be crucial.

  19. I totally agree with your sentiments, Peter and M Moon. Finding someone who will not only sound as though they are going to do the right thing, but maintain that stance once in Parliament is a big ask.

    It happens all the time, when campaigning a person will state what we want to hear but when they enter Parliament, they seem to go the complete opposite way.

    I think we need a Parliament of Independents who don’t have to toe a Party line. Perhaps a complete change to our system.

    However I do know that if we had binding Referenda, especially with a much reduced required number of signatures, the politicians would start listening to the people because they would know what they proposed could be overturned. It has worked in Switzerland for over 140 years and they are probably the only country in the world with a true democracy. Surprisingly they have very few referenda because the politicians listen to their people. It really works.

  20. That would be it in a nutshell, Peter – unfortunately. Different interpretations for the same thing. It doesn’t make sense does it. Acceptance would be a big thing.

    I really can’t understand it when all too often it is the darker ones calling the whiter ones racist, when the same thing is said by either.

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