Those of you who remember The Fourth Estate TV show from the 1980s will remember legendary media critic Brian Priestley MBE as a relentless seeker of truth and balance.
Mr Priestley had to say about the Waitangi Tribunal:
“Years ago I attended several sessions while advising the Ngai Tahu on public relations for their claims.
It would be hard to imagine any public body less well organised to get at the truth.
There was no cross examination.
Witnesses were treating with sympathetic deference.
The people putting the Crown’s side of things seemed equally anxious not to offend.
In three months I don’t think I was asked a single intelligent, awkward question.
I should have been.
I resigned because I am basically a puzzler after the truth and not a one-eyed supporter of causes.”
Thanks to Colin Rawle for this quote from a story headed Ngai Tahu claim: too little critical analysis in Wellington’s Evening Post of April 3, 1998.