2. Melanie Wall identifies some of the more common Māori stereotypes that have appeared in New Zealand’s media. Take one of the examples of representations of Māori from Dick’s lecture and discuss it in relation to Wall’s ideas (100 words).
Maori as primitive, natural athlete.
From the beginning of the Colonial times, Maori have been imagined as ‘cave like people’, ‘half-naked savages’ that were these primitive people to be feared. This is a stark contrast to the imagining of the European people who were imagined as civilized, cultured and educated people. However, this harmful stereotype is still ingrained in New Zealand society today. For example, in New Zealand’s rugby culture, they use this stereotype as an advantage/strength, The violent, savage beast stereotype of Maori males is portrayed and enhanced. The Warriors rugby team are shown in stoic, masculine, half-naked forms for an advert to show”black athleticism.”The representation of Maori in this way is often regarded demeaning and harmful, presenting this stereotypical idea of how Maori are a primitive, natural athlete and lack intelligence.
Wall, Melanie. “Stereotypical Constructions of the Maori ‘race’ in the Media.”New Zealand Geographer 1997: n. pag. Print. Research
1.Select one of the examples of a representation of poverty or wealth in Aotearoa New Zealand in Dr. Greg Gilbert’s lecture. Upload an image of this example to your blog. Describe the example and the context in which it was made, then discuss it in relation to one of the key concepts Greg introduced in his lecture, using sources other than Greg to support your ideas. These sources may be ones that Greg references in his lecture (100 words).
An example of poverty representation in Aotearoa NZ is what Dr Greg Gilbert talked about in his lecture. There is a harmful stereotype of people who are classified as “Poor” as they are considered and categorised (According to Gans (1995, 6-7), as things such as
– Undeserving of assistance
– to blame for their poverty and situation
– lazy, unwilling to help themselves
The cartoon image by Al Nisbert shows a negative stereotype of poverty that is often joked about by people. It features some overweight, dark-skinned adults pretending to be children in uniform in order to get a free school lunch so they can have more money for cigarettes, alcohol, and gambling. They are shown to be exploiting the free school lunch system that NZ was considering putting in to place.
It reinforces the stereotype of Pacific Island/Polynesian/Maori people are all greedy, lazy and are their own fault for their situation as they chose to live this way.
1. Identify one key point and/or theme from the Week 7 lecture. Find an academic source (not the lecture itself, but the source may be one that is cited in the lecture) for that key point/theme.Paraphrase the academic source text relating to the key point/theme. Remember to accurately reference the source using the MLA style (50 words)
A key theme from the week 7 lecture, was the idea of racism towards Pacific/Polynesian people in the form of political propaganda that was spread by the media. It instilled fear, increased racism against brown people and enhanced harmful stereotypes against those with Pacific/Polynesian descent.
Especially during the National’s party Robert Muldoon’s campaign for the 1975 election, he screened powerful, emotive and racist commercials that showcased the increased immigration from the Pacific Islands as a horrible thing as islanders were shown to be violent, aggressive, scary and greedy.
“They featured cartoons of violent brown people with huge afro’s, arriving off the place going to the pub, stealing jobs” Oscar Keightly – Dawn raids.
2. Using examples in “All Power to the People” by Melani Anae (2012), or “The Many Faces of Paradise” by Caroline Vercoe (2004), describe one of the art/design/creative responses to the socio-political situation that confronted Pacific Islanders in Aotearoa in the late 20th century (50 – 75 words).
One of the design responses found in “All Power to the People” by Melani Anae, was the logo of the Polynesian movement that stood to defend and be the justice movement for those of Polynesian/Pacific descent who faced unfair oppression by police and the NZ government.
Polynesian Panther Movement based off the original Black Panthers founded in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. While they both stood to protect neighbourhoods and communities from acts of police brutality, the NZ group realised they had to make it more specific and relatable to those of the Pacific/Polynesian community so altered it to the Polynesian Panther party. This design worked as the logo was.
United by the original movements ‘black unity’
3. Write a synopsis of the documentary ‘Dawn Raids’ (Fepulea’i, D. 2005) (50 – 75 words)
The documentary ‘Dawn Raids’ confronts the real NZ historical issue of when illegal immigrant overstayers were targeted in local communities during the mid-1970’s to the 1980’s. The illegal immigrants consisted of mainly Pacific Islander and Polynesian workers who were initially welcomed by the NZ government after the postwar economic boom as jobs were plentiful; only to be forcibly removed from the country after NZ’s economy wasn’t so stable.
Special police forces struck at dawn to catch these overstayers outside their houses as this was before they went to work, thus the only chance to catch them.However the issue just wasn’t with the overstayers, it was with New Zealand’s racist attitude to those of brown skin colour and how these were spread with media as turns out the majority of overstayers were from Great Britain, South Africa and Australia.
Dawn Raids. Dir. Damon Fepulea’i. Prod. Rachel Jean. Dawn Raids Documentary. N.p., n.d. Web.
Anae, Melani. “All Power to the People.” 2012: 221-39. Print.