On Tuesday 14 August, I did a pre-recorded interview with Tame Iti’s cousin Tini Molyneux for TV One’s Te Karere.
I was warned not to.
Rule no. 1 when dealing with a Griever Maori broadcaster is “insist on a live interview”.
(That’s because the Grievers regard balance as a dumb Pakeha concept for which they have total contempt.)
Next best plan is to ask for a copy of the whole interview.
So I did. Pronto.
I sent the above email on the same day as the interview — so they couldn’t try to say they’d ‘lost’ the footage.
The interview itself was a full-on scrap. I really enjoyed it.
Tini is a Tuhoe with a tomahawk to grind, and I wasn’t going to put up with any history-twisting. I wouldn’t be surprised if I was the stroppiest interviewee she’d ever had.
I figured Tini would fight tooth and nail not to let people see the whole interview.
And that seems to be what she’s done.
From the original interview of maybe fifteen to thirty minutes, she ended up slicing me into slivers totalling forty seconds.
Then followed a six to eight minute character assassination.
They even roped in Chris ‘Tangata’ Whinlayson to bag me as ‘nuts’, and Te Ururoa (AKA Jamie, AKA Hemi) Flavell to slur my totally innocent parents.
I’ll soon be doing a major dissection of the piece that ran, to show you just how biased and sleazy these Grievers and Appeasers are.
It was my lawyer’s idea to ask for all the footage under the Official Information Act.
He advised me that the recording was a document held by the state, and that I was entitled to get it.
I knew they’d stall for time.
But I’m pretty sure the law required them to provide the footage within 14 days.
TVNZ’s general counsel Brent McAnulty sent the following email after 29 days.
And guess what?
He’s saying they’ve lost the footage!:
Can you believe that? I can’t.
Not when my email asking for the footage arrived on the same day as I arrived for the filming.
So yes, Brent, I certainly will be exercising my “right to seek an investigation and review of the above refusal by making a complaint under Section 28 (3) to an Ombudsman.”
I’ll be hoping the state complaints department is more honest than the state broadcaster.
I won’t be holding my breath.