Some notes about the banning of Native Affairs from Turangawaewae

  • Tuku Morgan, as unpleasant as ever

    Tuku Morgan, as unpleasant as ever

    TUKU MORGAN teaches ’em who’s got the biggest ego, who’s the boss and who’s got the power!

  • ‘Punishing’ the journos over the Native Affairs exposé that revealed the outrageous financial goings on at TKR.
  • But what is Tuku afraid of, and what have they got to hide?
  • Morgan wanted the truth to be buried —again— sorry Tuku, not gonna happen!
  • In effect turning what should have been a routine press conference into a MUCH bigger story.
  • Resulting in EGG all over the faces of the Maori king and his goons Morgan, Whakaruru and co.
  • Damaging the reputation of the wider Tainui tribe —yet again!
  • Morgan’s credibility was lost long ago.
  • The heroic Native Affairs reporters having been made the focal point of the story come out smiling from ear to ear.
  • In the industry this is called BLOWBACK lol!

MAUI STREET: Our double reality: on being Maori and being political

WAIKATOPOLITX: Kohanga media ban vindictive & suspicious

NZ HERALD: Native Affairs ban ‘not sensible’

Dominion Post: Kohanga censorship not on

PRESS CONFERENCE: Te Kohanga Reo Trust Board chair, Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi and Tukoroirangi Morgan take questions from the media.

PRESS CONFERENCE: Te Kohanga Reo Trust Board chair, Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi and Tukoroirangi Morgan take questions from the media.

OPINION: The leaders of the kohanga reo movement gave a rare press conference over the weekend.

Unfortunately it did little to repair the organisation’s reputation for arrogance and secrecy at the top.

Most worryingly, the Kohanga Reo National Trust board barred journalists representing Maori Television’s Native Affairs programme from the event. This was apparently utu for their reports of alleged misspending by the trust’s commercial arm, Te Pataka Ohanga. More

Native Affairs journalists barred from Turangawaewae meeting

Transparency? Accountability?

SO much for supporting Maori media initiatives – it looks like “closet butt-buddies” Tuku Morgan and Rangi Whakaruru are up to their old tricks again:


The Maori king went bananas at the thought of these dangerous tero-rists attending his hui.

“Native Affairs showed immense courage to criticise and investigate the Kohanga reo trust, a story no other media took seriously enough to look into themselves, and having NA locked out of the press conference altogether because of that courage is a disservice to journalism and a slap in the face to Native Affairs.”

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Maori king fixes up Te Kohanga Reo?

With the wrap-up of the Kohanga Reo National Hui yesterday in Ngaruawahia the Maori king in all his wisdom decides to give the boot to those lifetime bludgers on the Kohanga Reo Trust Board. However it was very ironic (but not surprising, dumb guy) that he sent in the big-spending Tuku Morgan to investigate ‘financial irregularities’ at Kohanga Reo in the first place! What a Brownwash! What a big joke!

tania-simpsonTania Simpson re-emerges as part of a 7 person taskforce with the job of cleaning up the current mess at Kohanga Reo. This sister is the same Tania Simpson who declined the king’s “honourable” invitation to serve as a director on the king’s shonky charity, the Ururangi Trust — good move by Simpson as she would have been made to pay for the king’s gambling debts if she had stayed there.

Now that Simpson is back in the fold, she must be back in the Maori king’s good books. Good for her. More