Yep, they were here first, and now they want to cash in on the radio waves (as our partners, of course)

July 21, 2013

The Wall Street Journal has caught up with the fact we have some special people in New Zealand, although it calls these special people our first people.

The hack who wrote the article said here it wasn’t uncommon for indigenous groups to claim rights to a nation’s raw materials.

But she is surprised – it seems – that in New Zealand, Maori tribes are asserting ownership of a much more unusual resource: Radio waves.

Maybe she would not be surprised if she knew there has been a misunderstanding about the role played in the development of radio by a bloke generally known as Marconi, who is credited with doing important pioneering work on long distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi’s law and a radio telegraph system.

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Don’t say no to the Maori Spectrum Coalition – not until you’ve heard where radio came from

February 26, 2013

Some of Alf’s mates in the Eketahuna Club got a bit antsy on learning that a Maori group is considering taking a civil case against the Crown in its fight for rights to the radio spectrum.

The news came from Radio New Zealand (here).

The background is that their claim to a portion of a broadcasting band that will soon be available has been rejected by your widely admired Government.

Instead we will auction off the technology that will be used for a more efficient generation of mobile phones.

Inevitably, this decision will be grist to the mill of the legal profession and give the Waitangi Tribunal something more to do.

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