Wednesday, April 24, 2024

David Farrar: A good win for Newsroom

Newsroom has won in the Court of Appeal over whether it can make available its video exposing the then practice of reverse uplifts because the foster parents were the wrong ethnicity.

A key quote:

The story was unquestionably one of significant public interest, as evidenced by the impact it had on the Minister and the suspension of the practice of reverse uplifts. It is reasonable to assume that the suspension of Oranga Tamariki’s practice would not have happened — or at least would not have happened so quickly — had it not been for the powerful impact of the video. It was powerful precisely because it depicted the real life effects of the reverse uplift policy and the associated raw emotion. Clearly too, the foster parents’ concerns about the way they were treated by Oranga Tamariki were valid and worthy of ventilation. The right of freedom of expression must encompass not only the rights of the media but also the rights of the foster parents to tell their story and the right of the public to hear it.

This is a win for media, but also for the foster parents.

David Farrar runs Curia Market Research, a specialist opinion polling and research agency, and the popular Kiwiblog where this article was sourced. He previously worked in the Parliament for eight years, serving two National Party Prime Ministers and three Opposition Leaders.


Anonymous said...

I hope people don’t conflate the acto

Anonymous said...

Well done to Melanie Reid, Newsroom and the lawyers, but unfortunately this is 4 years too late.

The damage to these children and others like them has been done and is something they will struggle to overcome. To say otherwise is to show your ignorance of children in these circumstances. Without question, they have already suffered childhood trauma, that’s why they’re in care.

What the ignorant, ideological and useless F’s in the Labour govt and OT bureaucrats (including the analysts) have done to these children is unconscionable. They have piled on more trauma purely because of wokeness. They put their F’d up ideas above the well-being of the children. By definition that is child abuse and they should all be prosecuted.

The fact OT took Newsroom to court to ban the video makes them 1000 times worse.

The only people at OT who deserve any grace are the social workers.