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Television New Zealand—Recording

Tuesday 2 September 2008 (advance copy) Hansard source (external site)

Hide7. RODNEY HIDE (Leader—ACT) Link to this
to the Minister of Broadcasting

Would he expect to be advised by TVNZ if TVNZ recorded allegations of illegal behaviour; and has he received any such advice?

MallardHon TREVOR MALLARD (Minister of Broadcasting) Link to this

No and no.

HideRodney Hide Link to this

Has he seen or had any reports on the New Zealand blog Whale Oil Beef Hooked at www.whaleoil.co.nz that contains a 2004 Television New Zealand (TVNZ) interview by Brent Fraser, where a former fisheries skipper, Wayne Crapper, explains how Peter Simunovich’s boss and his lawyer coached him to lie to the scampi inquiry, and to perjure himself in an affidavit; would he expect to have been advised of that?

MallardHon TREVOR MALLARD Link to this

If that member wishes to trawl websites on political matters, can I recommend he go to 08wire.org and view John’s Got a Crush on Obama.

HideRodney Hide Link to this

I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. [ Interruption] Sorry?

WilsonMadam SPEAKER Link to this

Points of order are heard in silence!

HideRodney Hide Link to this

I fail to see how a reference to another blog could, in any way, shape, or form, be an answer to the question of whether the Minister had seen or had any reports on a blog.

MallardHon TREVOR MALLARD Link to this

I indicated that I preferred the other site.

WilsonMadam SPEAKER Link to this

The member may not be satisfied with the answer, and others will judge the quality of it, but it was addressing the question of blogs.

HobbsHon Marian Hobbs Link to this

Did the Minister look further into Mr Hide’s allegations last week that TVNZ had destroyed the tapes?

MallardHon TREVOR MALLARD Link to this

I have received an assurance from TVNZ that no tapes were destroyed, and that various tapes on this matter are held at TVNZ and at Simpson Grierson. I look forward—I must say more in hope than in expectation—to Mr Hide apologising for misleading the House again last week.

HideRodney Hide Link to this

Has TVNZ advised him that in the tape that it ordered destroyed in the newsroom but has kept on a shelf—[ Interruption]

WilsonMadam SPEAKER Link to this

Would the member please continue his question.

HideRodney Hide Link to this

Has TVNZ advised him that on this tape it is alleged that Parliament was lied to, that witnesses were coached to lie, that at stake was an inquiry that cost tens of millions of dollars, involving $140 million of quota—

CullenHon Dr Michael Cullen Link to this

I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. It seems to me, from listening to this supplementary question—and I have let it run for a little while—that it is now traversing the same ground that has been previously the subject of points of order in relation to matters being sub judice. My understanding is that Simunovich Fisheries is still suing TVNZ, and, presumably, this matter is all part of the evidence in that particular case. If that is so, then we should not be traversing it—not to mention that the Minister has already argued and noted that he has not actually received any material relating to allegations of criminal behaviour, so the supplementary questions are scarcely able to elucidate that particular answer.

MallardHon TREVOR MALLARD Link to this

Speaking to the point of order, I can confirm that I am advised that TVNZ is involved in live civil proceedings: Simunovich Fisheries Ltd and others v Television New Zealand and others, as well as the related live proceedings Peters v Television New Zealand and others.

WilsonMadam SPEAKER Link to this

I think if the matters are before the court and are live—and I understand that there are defamation proceedings—the member is perfectly entitled to ask general questions, as he knows and as he has been told before, but not to repeat specific allegations that have been made by others.

HideRodney Hide Link to this

Would the Minister expect to be advised by TVNZ that it had evidence that Parliament had been misled in a systematic and conspiratorial way; if not, why not?

MallardHon TREVOR MALLARD Link to this

No; because if it is a programming matter, advising me would be a breach of the Television New Zealand Act 2003. If that member wants Ministers to be involved in approval of news reporting, he should go live in Zimbabwe.

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