The Dim-Post

July 31, 2012

And they’re also very musical

Filed under: media — danylmc @ 6:13 am

The lead story on the Herald’s web site this morning:

You can overthink these things, but I’m not sure that headlines composed to depict Maori as an autonomous, militant and violent collective are all that great for race relations.


  1. I think they must be getting worried about the loss of advertising revenue from the brokers to create such an outrageous headline. Shame on the Herald for this.

    Comment by Paul — July 31, 2012 @ 6:33 am

  2. Yep you wouldnt want walk around the Waitangi Tribunal at night.

    Much better to have depicted lawyers as an autonomous, militant and violent collective. This is more believable.

    Comment by Simon — July 31, 2012 @ 7:28 am

  3. The “article” is written by that awful Claire Trevett. I guess the Herald Editor decided to trick people into reading it with a sensationalist headline?

    Comment by Jeremy — July 31, 2012 @ 7:44 am

  4. “Maori cook up deal”

    “Key in hot water”

    “PM chewed up and spat out”

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — July 31, 2012 @ 7:50 am

  5. What I would like to see is some sense of which particular Maori have done what. It would be a ludicrous headline if it were to say ‘Pakeha draw first blood’. Furthermore, its not like your average Maori resident of Mangare or Porirua will benefit from these negotiations, and to portray the Maori Council as their representative is a bit absurd.

    Comment by alex — July 31, 2012 @ 7:57 am

  6. I wonder if they deliberately use inflammatory headlines online to push up traffic to site? front page in Auckland paper edition is all about rates… and no headlines like that anywhere in paper.

    Comment by lucyjh — July 31, 2012 @ 8:17 am

  7. I think the headline should have been _Waitangi Tribunal finds that it isn’t irrelevant._ What else was the Tribunal going to say, “oh just ignore us and carry on”?

    Comment by Rob Singers — July 31, 2012 @ 9:09 am

  8. I initially read the first sentence as the Maori Council claiming victory over the Waitangi Tribunal.

    Missed Headline op:

    “Tribunal upholds Maori golden water rights over Keys head.”

    Comment by Gregor W — July 31, 2012 @ 9:56 am

  9. “Maori Poke Tounges Out at Key”.

    Comment by gn35 — July 31, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

  10. You are right you can over think these things.

    Comment by Willem Van Hogstrootem — July 31, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

  11. The Herald makes money from promoting racial discord. Bob Jones’ arrogant ignorant epistle yesterday on the Treaty is a great example.

    Comment by Steve (@nza1) — August 1, 2012 @ 10:11 am

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