NZ Herald

Irish are drunks, Russians crazy, French are rude, and Maori … no longer exist

Further to yesterday’s article on Google being petitioned to remove autocomplete results for Maori, it appears Google have complied.

Two days ago, you would be able to do this


But if you do it today… Maori are now digitally erased from Google’s autocomplete suggestions.

Too embarrassing for all concerned apparently, these [CENSORED] Maori. Read more »

NZ Herald recommissions a US aircraft carrier!

The Herald wrote this:

“Chinese warships are rapidly gaining new potency through advanced technology. This month a Song class diesel-electric attack submarine slipped past screening US warships to surface within striking range of the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk. That set the alarm bells ringing”.

Here is a screenshot in case they change it.

HERALD BOMB: Cut paste job from Wikipedia?

HERALD BOMB: Cut paste job from Wikipedia?

Someone else has noticed:

Here is the US Naval Department media release:

The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) was decommissioned May 12 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash., after more than 48 years of service.  Read more »

Herald Editorial on Salvation Army report

The Herald editorial highlights some good points from the Salvation Army report.

The Salvation Army has earned high credibility in social work for the practical, non-political way that it goes about its mission. It deserves the same credit for social research on the strength of its annual state of the nation report. The latest, featured in the Herald yesterday, offers a more balanced snapshot of our society than we get from research that sets out to find something going wrong.

The Sallies’ report suggests a great deal is going right. Educational disparities are narrowing. Gaps between passing rates from rich and poor schools, and Maori and non-Maori, are not as wide as they used to be. A higher proportion of Maori and Pacific children are enrolled in pre-school education. More school leavers are working or getting a qualification.

Fewer teenage girls are getting pregnant. While the number giving birth has been falling for many years, more recently the number having abortions has been falling too.

That is good news, as is the decline in infant mortality, especially for Maori. We were even drinking and gambling a little less.  Read more »

An email from a reader about the Aged Care hit job from the NZ Herald

I received this email yesterday and I thought I’d share it with readers…especially those out there who may think that we are irrelevant or ineffective at what we are trying to do here at WOBH.

I have redacted personal details on purpose.


Hi Cameron

I work in the Aged Care industry and was disappointed at the way NZ Herald reporters tried to paint a bleak picture on the Aged Care industry. Most facilities I visit genuinely try to do the best for their residents. There are always rogue operators in every industry but nearly all do genuinely care.

There is an aged care magazine in New Zealand and as you can see they are not impressed at the behaviour displayed by the “trained and decent” members of the fourth estate. This is the magazine the services the actual industry called Insite Magazine.

It is worth noting that there is a wide spread belief in the industry that your article on the leaked email about NZ Herald’s desire to ridicule an industry to sell papers helped improve the overall tone of the reporting. This industry tends to be left leaning so to get them praising you is something of a minor miracle.

In creating this series of articles about aged care I believe the NZ Herald must work on the maxim “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story”

Here is the response by Martin Taylor CEO of the NZ Aged Care Association.

Horror stories not a fair reflection of aged care sector

In September, a leaked email from some health reporters revealed they wanted to find the “worst horror stories” in aged care for a week of recrimination and anguish.

The leaked email shows reporters are only too willing to publish preconceived ideas about an industry that has made significant advances in care delivery in recent years and they have no issue repeating incorrect stereotypes or isolated instances to condemn all operators.  Read more »

NZ Herald can snoop on private phone data without a warrant

Pete reported on this in April last year.  It appears that the NZ Herald Android app is ruffling some geekier feathers as the privacy rot continues to creep

Last night I saw that I had a pending app update for the NZ Herald app on my android.

Going into the update, NZ Herald seems to be asking for some pretty excessive access to my personal data, without any explanation about why. The update ‘whats new’ simply says “Bug fixes and app enhancements”, with no suggestions about what ‘enhancements’ actually need that data for.

I’m hoping it’s a simple mistake on the part of the application developers, however for a news app to request access to my contact and my browser history is fishy to say the least.

I’ve removed the app from my phone rather than update. I’ll use their mobile website from now on until they can either remove the requirement for accessing my personal info, or give me a damn good reason why they need it and plan to protect it.

Pete got his knickers in a knot about the app needing access to the camera.  It allows the NZ Herald app to take photos any time it likes.

But now, they also want access to all this:   Read more »

Feral dies in Greymouth, did world a favour

The NZ Herald has this headline:


But upon reading the story you find that there wasn’t actually a police chase.

One person is dead and another seriously injured after a car fled police in Greymouth last night.

A police patrol saw a white Subaru station wagon being driven south along High St at high speed around 11pm. The constable turned on his lights and siren and pulled out to follow the vehicle. The driver did not stop.

High St veers left about 600 metres from where the vehicle was first seen and the officer quickly lost sight of the car.

When he came around the bend he found the car had crashed into a house on the left hand side of the street.

There were three people in the vehicle. One died at the scene and a second was trapped inside the vehicle for some time and suffered serious injuries. The third person suffered only minor injuries.

There was significant damage to the house, however no one was home at the time.  Read more »


Has the tide turned?

John Drinnan in the NZ Herald, normally part of the Kim Dotcom cheerleader squad has written what could only be called a hostile piece on media coverage of Dotcom.

Media coverage of Kim Dotcom and his businesses has missed the point and needs to be “more robust” now he has formed his own political party, says the head of the Copyright Council.

Paula Browning, the council’s chairwoman, says media have been caught up in public relations hype, and focused on the raid on Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion and his fight against extradition.

Other issues involving the German-born magnate – the charges against him and the issues surrounding file sharing – had received less coverage.

Media had been fascinated by parties around the Dotcom pool and events heavily promoted on social media, all designed to boost Dotcom’s profile.

“Some publications you would expect better of have been less than balanced in their coverage and very open to attending parties at the mansion,” she said.

She did not name names, but the Herald and TV3′s Campbell Live have been the highest-profile media reporting on Dotcom.  Read more »

Herald vs Whaleoil

As I covered in my article about the NZ Herald running a PR piece for Kim Dotcom, there doesn’t seem to be much balance going on when the NZ Herald do Kim Dotcom stories.

What is really amusing is that the NZ Herald are bound to operate by the principles of the NZ Press Council.

Right now, Whaleoil is self-regulated.

Whaleoil wears its bias on its sleeve.

The NZ Herald continues to pretend that they are fair and balanced.

After all, they have to – it’s in the rules.

When NZ Herald journos like Drinnan and The Gurnard criticise Whaleoil, they frequently push the point that Whaleoil isn’t fair and balanced.  That it pushes an agenda.

They want Whaleoil to sign up to a Public code of Conduct and be answerable to complaints raised under such a framework by a quasi-independent body made up of its “peers”.

Don’t you love the delicious irony of a blog having the freedom to not be fair and balanced being told that it should be fair and balanced by a newspaper that is subject to such rules but seems to want to have the freedoms of a blog?

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Going backwards fast

The latest Roy Morgan media readership figures do not make good reading for many newspapers in New Zealand.

APN titles are bleeding fast…the Herald losing damn near 10% of their readership.

Daily Newspapers December 2011 -
November 2012
December 2012 -
November 2013
Readership ’000 Gain/Loss
New Zealand Herald (M-Sa av) 663 600 -63
Dominion Post (M-Sa av) 279 257 -22
Northern Advocate (M-Sa av) 36 42 6
Waikato Times (M-Sa av) 100 100 0
Bay of Plenty Times (M-Sa av) 59 52 -7
Daily Post (M-Sa av) 33 36 3
Gisborne Herald (M-Sa av) 24 23 -1
Taranaki Daily News (M-Sa av) 59 54 -5
Wanganui Chronicle (M-Sa av) 35 27 -8
Hawkes Bay Today (M-Sa av) 57 60 3
Manawatu Standard (M-Sa av) 41 45 4
Wairarapa Times-Age (M-Sa av) 17 17 0
The Press (M-Sa av) 240 228 -12
Otago Daily Times (M-Sa av) 108 104 -4
Nelson Mail (M-Sa av) 37 36 -1
Marlborough Express (M-F av) 23 19 -4
Greymouth Star (M-Sa av) 12 11 -1
Ashburton Guardian (M-Sa av) 12 13 1
Timaru Herald (M-Sa av) 32 32 0
Southland Times (M-Sa av) 67 66 -1

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Does this mean the police driver screwed up?

The NZ Herald has this sensationalist headline:

audi Does this mean the police driver screwed up?

I think so…look at the wording in the article from the Police.

A police car and an Audi have collided on a busy rural road in Waikato, leaving the occupants of both vehicles with minor injuries.

Waikato Police describe the incident as “deeply regrettable”.

The crash happened shortly before 2.30pm today on SH26 at Eureka, near the intersection of SH1B, said District Deployment Manager, Inspector Jeff Penno.  Read more »