Sent by a reader in ‘Crime City’
Police ordered not to speak to media
Cops are being stopped from talking to media.
Police officers are being stopped from taking media calls.
Southern district police commander Superintendent Mike Pannett made the order in a staff “advisory bulletin” on March 7, an Official Information Act request has revealed.
“If you are contacted by media, especially printed media, please do not make verbal comment on any matters over the phone,” Supt Pannett’s email said.
“Please simply ask that all questions are put in an email and then sent to you. You can give the undertaking that someone [who are trained to lie and spin the issues] will reply to those questions in due course.” http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11649518
Trust me, but don’t ask any questions! E-mail me, instead???
Massey University associate professor of journalism Grant Hannis said important stories were broken through networking and contacts.
“To stage-manage the whole process there would be a real danger that it’s going to lead to bland, non-committal comments that take a long time to get back to reporters and it is an erosion of that basic accountability of authorities to the Fourth Estate.”
On Tuesday, the Otago Daily Times broke news that southern police had been told to remain tight-lipped over the nationality of drivers involved in fatal crashes [to comply with a secret directive issued by the Minister of Tourism, Rt Hon John Key, who is also the National Security and Intelligence Minister and, of course, the Prime Minister.] http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11649518
No Road Fatalities Were Allowed Today, Either!
Truth about the daily road carnage hurts New Zealand’s $10 billion tourism industry…
Today is DAY 168 of the latest NZ TOURISTS or truth? (police censorship of road fatalities) campaign
- Blog estimate: About 900 people are killed on NZ roads each year. [Most probably] up to 378 road fatalities have occurred in NZ since 1 January 2016
- No of road fatalities recorded by Minitru: 140
How do they do it?
Police manipulate the road toll by censoring reports of fatal crashes, while the Ministry of Transport simply delete the unwanted road fatalities, even from their own published records.
Other News in Drips…
Chinese Investors Pillaging Queenstown, too!
Chinese investors head south to Queenstown amid NZ house price boom
Property prices are surging in New Zealand vacation hotspot Queenstown as tourism puts the mountainous South Island town on the radar of Chinese investors.
Residential property prices in Queenstown jumped 22 percent in the year to the end of May to an average NZ$875,002 ($593,950), according to government valuer QV on Wednesday.
The rise was nearly twice the national average of 12.4 percent and even steeper than the booming Auckland market, where prices rose 15.4 percent to NZ$955,793.
New Zealand’s house prices are among the fastest rising in the world [despite the abject poverty that plague the nation and the homeless crisis], according to the International Monetary Fund, in large part to an influx of foreign investors and migration.
The lakeside town of less than 20,000 people hosts around 1.3 million international tourists a year, up from 980,000 in 2009, according to its tourism agency. The number of Chinese tourists has grown 867 percent over the past five years.
‘Mething’ Up New Zealand
Sale of Marlborough Housing New Zealand units pulled after positive meth test
The sale of a Housing New Zealand property in Blenheim has fallen through after a positive methamphetamine test. Two units were being sold together on a Lucas St section when one of the units was found to have traces of the class A drug. [Could all P-heads move to Queenstown, please!!]
‘Super MP’ Chester Borrows ‘confident’ he can defend any criminal charges
Former police officer and National MP Chester Borrows says he wouldn’t be surprised if he’s charged over allegations he drove into protesters and is confident he’d defend it.
Borrows, MP for Whanganui, is currently being investigated by Crown Law after two women protesting over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) complained to police they had been hit by his car during an incident in Whanganui on March 22. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/80582587/mp-chester-borrows-confident-he-can-defend-any-police-charges
Police officer gets permanent name suppression
Frigging Fairy Justice Brendan Brown has upheld the officer’s appeal against a District Court judge’s decision declining name suppression following a trial in February this year, at which the officer was found not guilty on a charge of shooting and seriously injuring a man, who was lying on the ground and complying with police requests.
The Homeless Crisis
Hoani Waititi Marae under-resourced to tackle homelessness says manager
The Manager of Hoani Waititi Marae Shane White says they are housing a homeless man in their mattress room.
Funding shortfall forcing Women’s Refuge to turn vulnerable families away
Two-year-old girl killed by gunshot wound in South Auckland
Homelessness: ‘The church needs to step up’
A woman setting up a soup kitchen to help feed the homeless is laying down the challenge for more church groups to play their part.
Homeless parents feared Government would take their premature baby
A homeless couple who have been sleeping rough with their premature newborn baby feared the Government would take away their baby if they asked for help.