Waiting for a fair go
People in New Zealand know from reading newspapers what kind of meals criminals get served in prison for Christmas and what size of breast implants were used in the plastic surgery of a B-class celebrity. But news reports about Direct Deduction and Spousal Provision are a rarity although such a big number of people are affected by the policies.
The reasons behind this lack of information in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and other media remain unclear because the issue has a human touch factor that normally guarantees coverage. It is about people not being treated in a fair way by a greedy government and in a country that prides itself as giving everybody a fair go.
We cannot imagine that the media in New Zealand fall for cheap political slogans, and it would be the first time they would take the words of politicians as facts that cannot be challenged. We cannot imagine either that they mimic the Wellington Mandarins' speak and are not willing to check out the facts themselves. We have seen good examples of investigative journalism on many topics, so the opposite is the case. So why this lack of coverage?
No promotion agencies for Tourism New Zealand
What we do know is that there have not been many articles about the consequences of Section 70, and of the few that have been published in the past years some did not represent both sides of the story - but only the Government's twisted views. Most media outlets have not even scratched the surface on the topic.
There have also been cases of Letters to the Editor and contributions by superannuation experts that were not published for unknown reasons, leaving readers in the belief Section 70 does not even exist.
We suspect that the sparse coverage and suppressed letters only reflect a lack of understandable and digestible information journalists have access to in this country.
We are confident that with our website we deliver the basic knowledge to journalists in New Zealand and the rest of the world, so they do not have to rely on biased Government information.
In contrast to its rugby greats, Sir Edmund Hillary and its magnificent landscapes, this surely is no topic New Zealand can be proud of. But it is not the role of the media anyway to act like a promotion agency for Tourism New Zealand - and they have proved on so many occasions that they are well able to dig very deep.