Sunday Star Times

Amusing mistake at The Sunday Star Times

I will never forget when it first happened. A photo of Cameron was put alongside an article about a serial masturbator in the New Zealand Herald. He had nothing at all to do with the story yet, inexplicably, they put his photo beside the story. I didn’t find it funny at the time because that year they had published a number of hit job articles about him and it was unlikely that it was an innocent mistake.

I admit I am used to lies being printed about Cam but when I saw the latest hit job in The NZ Herald I admit my jaw dropped. They could not be any more clear in their overt intention to destroy him if they actually hired a plane to pull a banner behind it over Auckland saying Cameron Slater should be shot.

It is school yard level viciousness. Do you have any control at all over your staff Mr Currie? Does this ongoing relentless attack fest have your tacit approval?

Here  is what was published with one minor change. It had Cam’s face but I thought that this was more appropriate given the circumstances.

How does it feel Shayne?




Unbelievably this kind of “mistake” has happened again but at least this time the mistaken impression caused by it is a positive one.

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Some very impertinent questions for the SST and Simon Day

This morning the Sunday Star-Times and Simon Day did a hit job on Alwyn Poole’ Mt Hobson Middle School.

I have seen correspondence between Simon Day and Alwyn Poole.

In that correspondence Simon Day claims he was far too busy to attend Mt Hobson Middle School.

However when you look at the online piece for the same story it seems Simon Day and Fairfax had more than enough time to attend the boy’s news school and make 3 lovely videos with background music, but no time at all to visit their target.

However, we now know from the piece that the child in question attends Alfriston College.

Which raises some questions that Simon Day really should have included in his piece.

If Alfriston College have been complicit with Mr Day… and from the extensive video I would say they have, then perhaps they might like to answer these two questions from the get go.

These are questions Simon Day could have asked but didn’t given the planning that has gone into this hit job.   Read more »

Open Response to SST hit job by Alwyn Poole

I saw the Sunday Star-Times hit job this morning, on Mt Hobson Middle School by Simon Day.

It had all the signs of a pre-prepared hit job where the journalist has already pre-supposed the outcome and only seeks comment to try to ‘balance’ the article.

I contacted Alwyn Poole this morning offering a right of reply to the Sunday Star-Times that would be much more fulsome than anything that they would allow.

He has emailed his response.

 Mr Slater

Thank you for the invitation to respond to the Fairfax media article relating to the Villa Education Trust. I have to acknowledge that I won’t be reading the article but after interactions with reporter, Simon Day, during the week, I am aware that there would be two main thrusts – and a broader implication. Although I will not be reading it people who look after our interests no doubt will and I hope Mr Day has taken all care (he chose not to meet or come to the school to clarify his points). I will reply here only because the quality of Mr Day’s methods and questions left me in significant doubt that he would be accurate and/or fair.

The thrusts:

1) That Mt Hobson Middle School did not meet its obligations with a child that attended during term 1 of 2014.

2) That special needs funding was not fully used.

The implication – that because the Villa Education Trust runs Partnership Schools there could be a problem with that model.

On the specific student situation I will not comment on the child or the family. Clearly we consider we work very hard and skilfully with every student. In 2014 the family did question that through a formal channel and the school was found to have fully done exactly as they specified they would. This information was given to Mr Day – it was inconvenient for him so he ignored it.

On funding. I doubt that there is an organisation that works more closely with official bodies such as the Ministry of Education and ERO than the Villa Education Trust does. We take all care with systems and when in doubt, or when we get things wrong, we take full care to clarify and correct. We are an organisation that is audited financially and fully reviewed by the ERO. As a Charitable Trust and an organisation operating Partnership Schools – we take massive care. In this case we will pro-actively ask the Ministry to re-check if there is any legitimacy to the claim the parents appear to be making through the media – which conflict with written understandings we had with them. If any detail is found to be needing to be rectified that will happen immediately as would be our normal process.

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I wonder if the Herald is re-thinking their new hire Matt Nippert?

Fairfax published this article…read it and wonder what planet Matt Nippert is on and then realise that they pre-wrote it on an assumption that Hone Harawira was going to win.

Like Martyn Bradbury he was dead wrong.

I hope the NZ Herald enjoys their new hire for the Investigations department, seems he is as adept as David Fisher on taking dictation.

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Permanent Cancellation Subscriber ID # 5317360

From the mail bag

Hello Cameron and Team,

Congratulations and keep up the good work.

Please find attached a copy of a “Waikato Times” and Sunday Star Times permanent cancellation letter I sent yesterday. I have emailed a similar cancellation advice to the NZ Herald and the Weekend Herald.

If you have the time to scroll through my rant, you will read I have been a Waikato Times and Herald subscriber for over 30 years.

You can thank Nicky Hager for introducing me to reading Whale Oil. I had never read a blog from either end of the political spectrum before your stolen emails were made public.

I am waiting for the two newspapers mentioned above to respond to my issues and request specifics of my concerns …… I shan’t be holding my breath……

I will be interested in knowing your thoughts on the suggestions in the last paragraph of the attached.

I regard you as being on the moral high ground. Keep it legal and dignified.


Thanks Art.

Legal?  Always (if you forgive my activism about Name Suppression – I learned my lesson).

Dignified?   I’m sure I’ll disappoint you there eventually Art.   I have a style.  And sometimes things just need doing.  But thanks for your letter – you are one of many I receive every day of people “waking up” to the media they used to trust no longer serving their needs.


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To whom it may concern

Our readers are seeing the main stream media for what they are

Re: Subscription to Sunday Star Times.

Today we cancelled our subscription to Sunday Star Times – a paper that we have subscribed to since 1990. We are no longer prepared to support a newspaper that has lost all sense of perspective and integrity.

We understand that in any society there are a broad range of views as to our societies and economies should function and the role of politics in that context. Historically the mainstream media has played a pivotal role in articulating and challenging those different perspectives to enable citizens to participate in the democratic process on an informed basis.

Sadly, that is no longer the case. It is unforgivable that your organisation has failed to fully and consistently investigate and challenge the corruption of New Zealand’s political process occasioned by a convicted criminal’s preparedness to fund a political party from funds that have been obtained questionably purely in order to remove an extraordinarily successful government of this country that is simply seeking to uphold the law and honour those international obligations that are so critical to a proper functioning, free thinking, law abiding first world economy

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Human Wrongs Commission makes a mess of it again

RNZ reports:

The Sunday Star Times is being accused of sensationalising and impeding race relations.

Its reporting of of an Asia New Zealand Foundation survey has been criticised by the Human Rights Commission.

The Foundation’s research showed 44 percent of Maori polled thought New Zealanders felt less warm towards people from Asia. But the newspaper’s headline for the story read: ‘Maori dislike of Asian immigration deepens’.

Indigenous Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen said a complaint has been sent to the Sunday Star Times, and a meeting had been sought with the editor. She said when she saw the article, she could not believe what she was reading.

Karen Johansen said she read it three times and was left with the impression it was inaccurate.

The Human Rights Commission pointed out that some of New Zealand’s first pioneers came from China. It said Asian New Zealanders did not arrive yesterday, and they have been an integral part of the nation since its birth.

So let me get this right.  The Sunday Star Times reports a poll that shows that  more Maori feel badly about Asians now than during a previous period, and the Human Wrongs Commission wants a paper not to report the actual results?

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Has the SST given up on real journalism?

Apparently, all you need is a false story and the outraged reaction of three left-wingers.

Take this one.

We have failed Labour candidate Michael Bott, the stupid head of the Corrections union, and of course, the usual human rights garbage, all commenting on the “strip-searching” of a guard.

The Corrections Department is facing legal action after it allegedly strip-searched a staff member at Rimutaka Prison during a botched sting operation.

In early March, security manager Wayne Andrews and staff from the intel unit, complete with drug dogs, stopped the prison guard as he entered the gatehouse to start his shift.

Believing he had been smuggling contraband into the prison, they strip-searched him on the spot. Finding nothing, they then took him to the staff gym and strip-searched him again, but failed to find any incriminating evidence.

The guard, who had worked at the prison for more than three years, was sent home, but resumed work the following day and has continued working since.  Read more »

Stuffed: People of Influence who aren’t

Yesterday the Sunday Star Times released their 20 People of Influence and Effect. One of them is supposed to be Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon:


There is a slight problem…the photo they have used isn’t Christopher Luxon at all. It is Air New Zealand’s Vice President Engineering Mike Sinett. The photo that they used from Setford Photo News Agency, that they would have paid good money for even has all the people in the photo named for their convenience.

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Stuffed – Sunday Star Times does a Herald Bomb

In their rush to slam Coca Cola as an evil global corporate monster the Sunday Star Times has not managed to even use a correct photo of the outgoing CEO.



You think they could have got the right photo…that person, who ever it is only resembles George Adams from in the remotest possible way….they both wear glasses.

There is a recent photo of George Adams in the NZ Herald inside their anti big business, anti-American corporate attack pieceRead more »