ONE News reporter Ruth Wynn-Williams has reported that she was barred entry into the giant waka today. Attempting to cover the opening ceremony, she says she was told she was not welcome because One News had frequently raised questions over the cost and timing of the waka.
I looked for further news in the NZ media on this “barring”. I thought it would be a pretty major event. A news provider has been barred from covering a controversial event because they asked questions? Unbelievable…!!! What kind of damn country has NZ turned into?
At the time I wrote this post, I could not find any other references to the barring. TV One did not give full details either.
Who “barred” them? The government? John Key? Murray McCully? The National Party? The Maori Party? Ngati Whatua o Orakei?
Why didn’t TV One just show up any way and film away? Would they have been stopped at the entry? Why didn’t they try and enter anyway and film that too? Were they intimidated in some way?
This is scandalous, and if John Key had a heavy hand in it, then he should be forced to resign as Prime Minister. NZ’s most watched news service, and they are refused entry to a ceremony marking the opening of a structure that was built with $2 million of taxpayer’s money?
One would think that $2 million taken from our pockets would have at least earned us the right to see it on TV…!!
Even if Key (who was at the ceremony) only connived at this banning its grounds for a serious consideration as to his resignation. This is New Zealand. Its not a damn soviet union satellite just yet. If Key wasn’t responsible, then whoever was should face serious recrimination.
The waka is taxpayer owned, public property and I’ll bet the taxpayer paid for the opening ceremony as well. Its all the most disgusting waste of money of course but damn, if we paid for it, we’ve got a damn right to see it.
This kind of censorship just should not happen in Western democracies.