- Commonwealth Games Crisis (Live cross, Melissa Stokes)
- Cafe/restaurants with poor ratings (Exclusive, Donna-Marie Lever)
- Train crash (Catherine Wedd)
- Fatal crash near Blackball
- Carmen Thomas case update
- Commonwealth Games Crisis (Melissa Davies)
- Carmen Thomas case update (Jenny Suo)
- Fruit/vehe prices (Dan Parker)
- Stranded whales buried (Rachel Morton)
- Shweeb invention/Google funding (Tim Lamborne)
The cafe/restaurant story tonight on ONE News is the type of weekend filler news story which really bothers me – and interesting that it was put straight after the Commonwealth Games story which also had photos of poor conditions.
First: an introduction with lots of emotive language:
“A ONE News investigation has uncovered shocking pictures of food outlets that will make your stomach churn. And figures in Auckland show, on average, one food establishment has been shut down each week this year because it was unsafe or too filthy. Alarmingly, there are still more than 100 cafes and restaurants operating with poor hygiene ratings. Donna-Marie Lever with this exclusive story…”
A proper “investigation” would provide context for these numbers:
How many food establishments are there in Auckland?
What percentage is one a week?
Has this percentage been increasing over time?
“If we are what we eat, then it’s no wonder we’re one of the sickest countries in the world. Our food poisoning rates are three times higher than Australia and twice as high as Britain. These photos were taken inside the cafes and restaurants that we’ve been eating in in the past year. “
One of the sickest countries in the world? This is an incredibly vague and misleading claim.
Also, two of the first photos shown have timestamps on them of 11/9/2009 24/9/2009, i.e. more than a year old.
Donna-Marie also says “the high spike”without any reference to what the figures used to be so we can’t tell if it is a “high spike” at all.
There’s no mention of which places were closed down and which types of places (and locations) were closed down disproportionately to the number of establishments there. That information would have been useful.
Without context, there’s no news here. You’ll alwaysbe able to run a story like this – there will always be some places shut down by food inspectors and always be some gross photos to be able to run. There’s also lots more reasons why NZ has a higher food poisoning rate to other countries (for example, if you compare NZ to places with similar climates and food eating habits, you’ll find that the food poisoning rates are more similar)