NZ Media add to Jonah Lomu’s family misery

In life Jonah commanded respect from the New Zealand Media but in death it seems to be a free for all to trawl through his finances and personal life. Instead of sticking to the tried and true method of putting together articles chronicling his achievements in life they instead are putting the boot in, in death.

It is not unusual for trusts to be set up and the public asked to donate when people die leaving a young family behind. They don’t even have to be famous. What is unusual is a media looking for reasons to undermine the legitimacy of such a Trust. How many other people who have died with young families have had their finances looked into with a fine toothed comb like has been done to Jonah Lomu’s family? I would suggest none.

The public’s response to Media revealing his private financial information is telling.

Stuff, why on earth is this being discussed in a public forum?? Stop perpetuating it, please. How would you like your finances being discussed after your death? Lomu has a legacy as a game-changing rugby player, and more importantly a great New Zealander and it has nothing to do with his finances. I didn’t even read the article but it’s the 5th headline I have seen in as many days. Please shut up about it.

Pretty disgusted that The Press (Print edition) chose to headline this story ‘Begging bowl out for Lomu’s wife, boys’.

Come on people how about we show some respect and not get into this. Just because the media are exploiting the realities of the situation doesn’t mean that people need to vent about whether monies contributed are deserved or not. And please for goodness sake stop rabbiting on about how you won’t donate, what’s your point, You are anonymous so you’re not getting any personal credit for spouting off about it. As people let’s show some class…please.

I feel so, so sad, that this great rugby legend’s legacy has been reduced to this.

“public begging bowl” ?? What disgusting journalism, choosing to ignore the fact that people WANT to give and have been asking for a crowdsourcing page at which to do so.

Also how inappropriate to draw references between him and Joe Louis and George Best- was there a need to reference Louis as “destitute, with psychiatric problems” and George as “alcoholic”. Seems a bit desperate, Stuff.

This has to stop. Lomu was a great man and his private life should remain just that. I can only imagine the distress his family are going through right now, why does this have to be publicised. RIP Jonah..

Why don’t we just leave him to rest in peace. His poor family is going through enough without articles like this gossiping about his finances. A month a go he was a hero now NZ seems to have their claws out, tut tutting at his financial situation.

Why is all this being made public? It’s not our business, I didn’t read it all by the way! What I did read was negative, and can’t call it journalism – it’s gossip column stuff and typical tall poppy small poppy stuff!

For goodness sake leave the family alone!

Trash journalism, no ones business and way too soon.. Leave the Lomus alone..


As much as the public has an interest in the lives of famous people, many feel distaste when they are attacked after death. Not speaking ill of the dead has for a long time been part of our Kiwi culture but perhaps that is changing. Perhaps no one is safe these days as the rules of Media engagement have changed. What used to be taboo is no longer and the right to privacy of individuals is long gone.

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