When a TVNZ credited hidden camera video for one of their returning TV series suddenly appears on a news website with a heading “Robyn Malcolm punks house hunters” and the story doesn’t contain any author attribution, I can only assume this is a paid advertorial.  I’m calling BS on this one…

Last week, Joe Gilfillan, part of Blacksand, TVNZ’s creative team that puts together promotions for TV One tweeted: Continue reading »

shane_taurimaDespite being found to have misused TVNZ resources and despite the Labour Party Council vetoing Shane Taurima’s candidate selection, the Tamaki Makaurau electorate committee still support the embattled former broadcaster as their man to win the seat in the upcoming general election.

And now it starts to get messy. Former Labour MP, John Tamihere, has raised questions on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report about Labour Party President, Moira Coatsworth’s meetings with Maori Television’s Julian Wilcox. Continue reading »

shane_taurimaAfter yesterday’s report into Shane Taurima’s lapse of judgement at TVNZ, the Labour Party have decided that they don’t want him as their candidate for Tamaki Makaurau.

But is it a case of damaged goods or is there more to come? Plenty of politicians survive making foolish mistakes so why have Labour decided that Taurima isn’t their man in this case? Continue reading »


TVNZ’s Chief Executive, Kevin Kenrick, says he accepts the findings of the review panel commissioned to investigate allegations of political bias, the misuse of TVNZ resources and conflicts of interest. Mr Kenrick says TVNZ will immediately take steps to tighten internal protocols, as recommended, to protect the editorial independence of its news.

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This just in from TVNZ

TVNZ will release the report into allegations of political bias, the misuse of TVNZ resources and conflicts of interest at around 2:30pm this afternoon.

There will be a media statement sent by email and the review panel’s full report will be released at the same time.

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Welcome to the two-hour grand finale of Masterchef…and we are LIVE! (excuse the lack of details at some points, its hard to do it live!)

Here are my final super scientific Masterchef rankings:

This is probably the easiest ranking of the whole season:

1st: Kasey and Karena: Clear favourites’ from day one, and two hours away from being crowned Masterchef Champions. I hope. If not, please understand if this recap gets grumpy!

2nd: Jaimie and Bec: I have to give it to these two – they are fighters. If anyone in the competition could have a blinder and creep past Kasey and Karena, it would be these two. The problem is, it doesn’t seem like the public have warmed to them. Would people buy their cookbook? Would Countdown want Jaimie to sell their products?

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shane_taurimaPolitics is a funny beast. Labour, who currently seem to struggle with the idea of rejuvenation, must really want the former TVNZ head of Maori programming, Shane Taurima, as their candidate for the Tamaki Makaurau electorate despite the allegations and investigations into his perceived conflict of interest at the state broadcaster while he was there.

Labour has extended its deadline for the Tamaki Makaurau seat for the third time as it waits for a TVNZ report into the actions of potential candidate Shane Taurima. Continue reading »

tvnz-largeYou may have missed this over the long weekend but it was revealed that TVNZ are in the throes of establishing what they’re calling a “Risk Register” to identify news coverage that may result in problems later on. This comes after the Shane Taurima debacle, the manufactured bullying stories and complaints by Judith Collins over the network’s coverage of the Oravida dinner in China.

So what is it and how does it work? Great question.

How the new risk register will operate is still being worked out, but TVNZ spokeswoman Georgie Hills says it will enable management to be better prepared. Continue reading »

My super scientific Masterchef rankings:

1st: Kasey and Karena: Sitting on 19/20, these ladies have a three point lead over their competitors. That should be enough to see them into the final, and boy do they deserve it.   These two remind me of Aaron from last year’s Masterchef NZ who was clearly the favourite/one-to-beat right from the beginning.

2nd=: Nikki and Jordan and Jaimie and Bec: You could make arguments for why both of these duos deserve to be in next weeks final. I want Nikki and Jordan to make it, but I am sure a lot of people want to see Jaimie and Bec in the final so may the best duo win.

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My super scientific Masterchef rankings:

1st: Kasey and Karena: It will take a lot for me to change these ladies from top of the rankings. Another impressive cooking display, plus, they crack me up so that gets them some bonus points.

2nd: Nikki and Jordan: After rave reviews from their cook book inspired dishes last night, these two are sitting pretty for a finals spot unless a disaster throws them over the cliff tonight. While I don’t think Nikki would handle the stress of a real restaurant kitchen, her and Jordan definitely have an eye and the talent to create delicious food.

3rd: Jaimie and Bec: Last night was anything but a good night in the kitchen for this duo, and coupled with Josh’s obvious dislike of Jaimie, the safe money is on these two heading back to the South Island to visit their kids tonight. Side note: Jaimie’s passionate desire to make the final is the same reason I don’t want her to make it. I don’t know what that says about me. I am a bad person. There, I said it.

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