The New Zealand Press Council
If you have a complaint about the editorial content of a newspaper, magazine or periodical in circulation in New Zealand (including their websites) you may complain to the Press Council. You may also complain about digital sites with news content, including blogs characterised by news commentary, that have been accepted as members or associate members of the Council.
The Press Council was established in 1972 as an industry self-regulatory body and provides an independent forum for resolving complaints involving the press and other news media.
The Press Council is funded by industry and there is no cost to lodge a complaint.
The Press Council also lobbies on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press issues.
Press Council Members
NEW ZEALAND PRESS COUNCIL OFFICERS
Hon Sir John Hansen KNZN, Independent Chairman, Retired Judge of the High Court, Canterbury
Mary Major Executive Director, Wellington
Representing the Public
Peter Fa'afiu General Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, Tamaki Redevelopment Company, Auckland
Sandy Gill Consultant and mother, Lower Hutt
Chris Darlow Lawyer, Auckland
Tim Beaglehole Emeritus Professor, Wellington
Liz Brown Independent Consultant, Horowhenua
Marie Shroff Indpendent Consultant, Wellington (Alternate Member)
Representing Editors (nominated by the Newspaper Publishers' Association)
Mark Stevens Digital Editor, Fairfax Media NZ, Wellington
John Roughan New Zealand Herald Assistant Editor, Auckland
Representing Magazines (nominated by the Magazine Publishers' Association)
Jenny Farrell Editor, KiaOra Air New Zealand inflight magazine, Auckland
Virginia Larson Editor, North & South (Alternate member), Auckland
Representing Journalists (nominated by the NZ Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union , media division)
Stephen Stewart Journalist, Wellington
Vernon Small Journalist, Press Gallery, Wellington
Case Number: 2387 VANESSA ALEXANDER AGAINST NZ RUGBY NEWS
Council Meeting AUGUST 2014
The Press Council has not upheld a complaint that the cover of Rugby News, showing a photo of the Prime Minister in All Black kit, standing in front of four well-known All Blacks, implied that the All Blacks have “endorsed” the Prime Minister and the National party and that it was a “cynical attempt to boost National’s election result”.
Rugby News pointed to Mr Key’s support for the All Blacks and to the All Blacks successes, which have been for the country’s benefit, and maintained that the portrayal was appropriate.
The Council noted the magazine had properly acknowledged in two separate places the manipulation of the cover photo and also that the photo did not carry an official All Blacks or NZRU endorsement.
The super-imposing of Mr Key’s image was obvious and could not on any objective view be regarded as any kind of endorsement.
Nor could the cover be isolated from the article proper. The focus of the article was on Mr Key as New Zealand’s prime minister and the relationship between his work and the achievement of the All Blacks.
The Press Council did not agree with Ms Alexander when she said that the cover was unbalanced and prejudicial especially leading into an election.