I'm a fan of the type of debate Willie Jackson promoted through Eye to Eye. And i think it is a shocker that it is going/gone. We need more opportunities to discuss the issues that affect us all. And discuss these issues we must.
"Willie Jackson claims there is "no room for opinionated Maori" at TVNZ after the state broadcaster scrapped his current affairs show Eye to Eye.
"If you want to be a Maori presenter at TVNZ you have to be apolitical but it is a different rule if you are...Paul Holmes or Paul Henry," Jackson said.
"I just think rules are different for people like myself and [outspoken former Maori broadcaster] Derek Fox."
"TVNZ won widespread plaudits for Eye to Eye with Jackson chairing a confrontation between four guests, often with two pairs representing Maori and Pakeha interests."
TVNZ that's the group who indicated increased maori presence on TV by showing stats from Crimewatch.
Sometimes the discussions around maori and pakeha issues drops down to the 'conversation' level. Lets cut the crap and not pretend we are having 'conversations'. That word insinuates a two way discussion, and is really used to denote a one-way discussion. In other words, "lets work as a team and do it my way."
Lets have less conversations and more debate and discussions.
Free 'conversations' - this word has been highjacked by the Human Resource and management industries.
Hat tip - Tumeke