Insight

Sunday 1 March 2015, with Philippa Tolley

petition blessing

Photo: RNZ/Robin Martin

When New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd pushed through an initiative for the city to introduce a designated seat for Maori at next year's local body elections he opened a veritable Pandora's Box.

Although some Maori celebrated on the night, opposition emerged just as quickly.

One councillor, John McLeod, quit on the spot and the then president of Greypower New Plymouth, Hugh Johnson, started a petition to force a binding referendum on the issue.

Radio New Zealand's Taranaki reporter, Robin Martin, has been talking to some of those affected by the decision and others who have decided to wade into the debate.

 

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 8 March: Blurred Frontlines - The Changing Nature of Journalism

Mariupol UklraineKim Vinnell reporting during a shoot out in Mairupol, Ukraine (Photo:Kim Vinnell)

The images of Western journalists clad in orange jumpsuits being murdered by fighters claiming a holy war are difficult for the public to ignore. But for journalists, and especially those working in the Middle East, it means much more.

Being a war correspondent used to involve watching the front lines, and making calculations on risk versus reward. Now, the Middle East is fracturing before our eyes, and power vacuums are quickly filled with armed groups who are much harder to predict than armies.

Having covered conflicts both up close and from afar, reporter Kim Vinnell takes a look at how groups like Islamic State are changing the game for journalists.