Al Jazeera goes to the Waikatoby Toby Manhire
"Kiwis wrap up three-decade long process" might be overstating it, mind you.
The huge, Doha-based news channel Al Jazeera has been in the Waikato region, covering the Treaty settlement between the Crown and Ngati Haua, signed on Friday.
If you didn’t know better you might think from the headline that something greater than one, relatively small deal between an iwi and the crown - who have been in direct negotiations for six months – had been achieved:
New Zealand to pay colonial compensation: Kiwis wrap up three-decade long process to pay hundreds of millions to indigenous peoples for colonial injustice.
The piece itself, however, notwithstanding the obligatory Hobbit references, is a good read. Its author is Yasmine Ryan, a New Zealander and former Scoop journalist now at the Qatari news organisation.
The news item, meanwhile, is fronted by the British, Australia-based Al Jazeera correspondent Andrew Thomas, and its opening moments might have come from a BBC reel circa 1962: “This, believe it or not, is a Maori welcome!”
And there’s a helpful clue for pronounciation in the text alongside the video, presumably for the benefit of the news anchor:
New essays on New Zealand-born US artist Len Lye elevate him to the status of Australasia’s most notable 20th-century artist.Read more
For about a third of infertility cases in New Zealand, there is no obvious reason why seemingly fertile couples struggle to conceive.Read more
More than one million images from Rykenberg Photography, taken around Auckland, are now in the Auckland Libraries Collection. But who are the people?Read more
A Golden Bay man spending his first night in his new house says he woke to find his bed, walls and floor covered in hundreds of creepy crawlies.Read more
There's a growing movement to stop the amount of wasteful plastic that goes into our oceans, but what about the tiny bits we can hardly see?Read more
The inconvenience to chlorine refuseniks is tiny compared with the risk of more suffering and tragedy from another Havelock North-style contamination.Read more
Global warming's worst case scenario may not be as bad as previously thought, a new climate change study says.Read more