How a real estate writer blundered about Air NZ by forgetting what he wrote in 2006

One of the biggest vertically-integrated urban function venues and corporate retreats in Auckland – set up by the man who established Air New Zealand – has been placed on the market for sale.

So says a press release from Bayleys Canterbury.

One of the biggest vertically-integrated urban function venues and corporate retreats in Auckland — set up by the man who was instrumental in establishing Air New Zealand — has been placed on the market.

So says Colin Taylor, reporting on real estate matters for the New Zealand Herald.

Forget about the minor differences in the two sentences.  It’s wrong to say the retreat was set up  by the man who established (or was instrumental in establishing) Air New Zealand.

The error is repeated in paragraph three of the press statement, which says: Continue reading “How a real estate writer blundered about Air NZ by forgetting what he wrote in 2006”

Here’s hoping Guyon Espiner now grills Callaghan Innovation about its OIA practices…

Before exposing his moral indignation about the Taxpayers’ Union using false names to file Official Information Act requests, Radio New Zealand’s Guyon Espiner should have consulted  the publisher of No Right Turn.

This blog and the Taxpayers Union are poles apart, ideologically.

But political commentator Malcolm  Harbrow – who blogs under the nom-de-plume is an indefatigable champion of the public’s right to request information from public agencies under the OIA and a stern critic of agencies which fail to meet their legal obligations to provide the information requested.

He was astonished by the thrust of an article, published by the New Zealand Herald under the byline of one David Fisher and beguilingly headed How right-wing lobby group NZ Taxpayers’ Union used false identities to make OIA request – and how it got caught.

This article was the prompt for Espiner, on Morning Report today, grilling Taxpayers Union chief executive Jordan Williams about the use of pseudonyms.

Continue reading “Here’s hoping Guyon Espiner now grills Callaghan Innovation about its OIA practices…”