Are the Panama Papers a “New Zealand Embarrassment”?


We’re hearing a lot in the media, in opinion pieces and on social media that the “revelations” in the Panama Papers have embarrassed New Zealand on the world stage.

Let us actually look at the numbers. To do this we turn to Google and its ability to dig through news articles from around the world.

Here is the result:


Yes, that is right. Of all the articles on the Panama Papers, New Zealand is only mentioned in 2.6% of them.

Not surprisingly most of these articles that did mention us were written by New Zealand journalists and about 1/3rd appear to mention us because we were mentioned in the recently release manifesto which included a reference to John Key.

Once again; there is nothing to see here.

Duncan thinks the Panama Papers are a “flop”.

Chris Trotter went “meh”.

And a Green MP said John Key isn’t responsible and no one is breaking the law.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.