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How do we keep our media free from political interference?

Posted by on November 9th, 2012

The case for a strong, independent, modern, commercial free public broadcaster is strengthening. The appointment yesterday of Richard Long, by Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss to the board of TVNZ at the very least creates a perception of a political appointment.

Long was chief of staff to Bill English and Don brash. He is competent and qualified for the position.

But this is our state broadcaster.

Media independent of political interference is a critical cornerstone of a functioning democracy. I contend we have crossed a line in the last four years. This is a deeply important issue.

The All Black, the Journo and the Asia:NZ Foundation

Posted by on June 30th, 2011

I was glad to hear of the appointment of former All Black (and current New Zealand Rugby union President) Bryan Williams and renowned journalist Richard Long onto the Asia:NZ Foundation Board of Trustees yesterday.

As a Chinese-born MP (and Asia:NZ Trustee) I believe these two appointments reinforce the importance that the Asian region has to the future of New Zealand.

The pair brings a wealth of experience and history of excellence with them.

Bryan Williams was one of the first Samoans to play for the All Blacks, paving the way for the many who have followed him.

Richard Long was the editor of the Dominion newspaper for more than a decade before it merged with the Evening Post in 2002. Earlier this year he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Journalism.

The Asia:NZ Foundation’s mission goal is to increase New Zealand’s links with Asia through business, culture, education, research and media.

With these two high-calibre Trustees joining the board, I believe that even more New Zealanders will become aware of Asia and the opportunities that exist in the region.