Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


HBRC lays formal complaint with Radio New Zealand

Media Release

3 October 2013

HBRC lays formal complaint with Radio New Zealand

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has laid a formal complaint with Radio New Zealand over its recent reporting of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

The complaint raises serious concerns over Radio New Zealand’s coverage around the draft Department of Conservation (DoC) submission on the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

HBRC is very concerned that Radio New Zealand’s reporting has the potential to misinform and indeed mislead or confuse the public, including those making submissions as part of the Board of Inquiry process currently underway.

Between 17-26 September Radio New Zealand ran stories regarding (what was reported as) the apparent suppression by either the Minister or the Department of Conservation of a draft submission prepared by officers within that Department relating to the Tukituki Catchment Proposal.

Radio New Zealand reported that the draft DoC submission states that the nutrient management model for the Tukituki River is “untested and risky and could kill the Tukituki River” and found that “a Hawke’s Bay dam could make the Tukituki River toxic”. It also reported that “the dam, proposed for Hawke’s Bay, could make the Tukituki River toxic and kill threatened fish species”. It also reported that the draft submission said the dam could “poison the Tukituki River”. Radio New Zealand reporter Peter Fowler reported “Scientific experts point to established evidence that in its attempt to save the river the Regional Council could actually kill it”.

In its formal complaint to Radio New Zealand, HBRC says none of these statements have any basis in fact or within the draft DoC submission document. The words “kill” and “poison” or toxic” simply do not appear.

HBRC says while there is considerable public interest in the Tukituki Catchment Proposal, there is a judicial process underway and caution must be applied by all parties as to the manner in which the issues to be determined by the Board are discussed or indeed “contested” in the media. This also means HBRC is unable to effectively and fairly respond to allegations of the nature reported by Radio NZ other than to point to the fact that the issue is before the Board of Inquiry.

HBRC is very concerned that submitters and the general public may have been influenced to the point of being misled by the inaccurate, emotive and exaggerated reporting of the content of the draft Department of Conservation submission.

HBRC has asked Radio NZ to respond as a matter of urgency, given the timing of the matter relative to the Board of Inquiry proceedings.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news