To help overseas journalism students at AUT or Canterbury universities begin to understand the country, its people and its media, here are some general and academic readings.
Wikipedia – there isn’t a better encyclopedia entry, although for more in depth information, Te Ara (a government-managed online encyclopedia) is excellent, for example, for its overview of digital media. It also has an entry on Scandinavians in NZ
CIA World Factbook – a good précis of key information
23 things I learned my first month in New Zealand – a blog post by an American backpacker that sums up quite a few of the important (if breakfast and coffee are important to you) things to know
If you’re a visual person, this interview with a leading intellectual and historian, Michael King, will give you a sense of some of the politics of culture and ethnic identity in the country. NZ on Screen has a huge archive of TV and film.
Māori, Media and Politics – an overview of one of the most distinctive features of New Zealand media. We suggest you look also at the rest of the book that this chapter is from.
- Abel, Sue (2015) Māori, Media and Politics. In Geoff Kemp, Babak Bahador, Kate McMillan & Chris Rudd (eds) Politics and the Media. Auckland: Auckland University Press
Understanding New Zealand Cultural Identities (Stout Research Centre) – an important reading to help you understand the politics of culture in New Zealand, which is far from clear for many New Zealanders and arises in political debate
Media Ownership Report – the annual report (from AUT) about media ownership and control trends