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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.
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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: 2423 COMPLAINT AGAINST KAPI-MANA NEWS
Council Meeting MARCH 2015
In November 2014 the Kapi-Mana News published an article about the complainantís brother and his dispute with her and other members of their family over the administration of their motherís estate. There had been extensive litigation over the estate. The article claimed the brother had not received a cent from the estate and the case was now going to the Privy Council.
In 2009 the same reporter had written an article about the disputeís earlier stages.
The complainant noted that the brother had been paid his share of the estate in full and that the proposed appeal to the Privy Council was on a costs award of $2,000 and below the threshold for such appeals. It was not on the substantive dispute. The reporter had not contacted any other family member before publishing.
The editor said there was only one error, for which the newspaper had apologised and published a correction.
The Press Council noted this appeared to have been a story based on a single source, whose reliability was questionable, when the reporter could easily have obtained further information from the complainant, the other executor(s) and/or from court documents. This is poor journalism and a clear breach of the obligations undertaken by the Kapi-Mana News in accepting the Press Council principles.
The Council upheld the complaint on grounds of inaccuracy, imbalance and the inadequacy of the correction.