What one earth is TVNZ thinking in pursuing the release of photographs of the last moments of those killed in the tragic balloon crash in Carterton.
This is nothing more than attempting to profit from the unfortunate demise of some blameless victims.
Photos showing the final moments of the fatal Carterton balloon crash should be released to the media in the interests of public education and safety, lawyers for TVNZ have argued.
Wairarapa photographer Geoff Walker took photos of the balloon as it crashed killing pilot Lance Hopping and all 10 passengers on January 7, 2012.
During an inquest in July, coroner Peter Ryan ordered the release of four photos to the media, but Walker refused to release them, saying publication breached his copyright.
He then asked for a judicial review, which went ahead today at the High Court in Wellington.Â Read more »