Suburban Newspapers’ reporting of Māori news



Māori and non-Māori readers were poorly served by Suburban Newspapers coverage of the Treaty and Māori issues in their Auckland and Northland community papers. Māori stories made up less than three percent of all stories, despite high proportions of Māori residents in many of the newspaper areas. Suburban Newspaper items had a higher proportion of what appeared to be news releases, and used fewer sources representing iwi and hapu than other community newspapers. The papers used the same low proportion of words in te reo – an average of two intentional words (those with an English alternative) per article – as other newspapers.