NZ journalism, Ean Higgins got it in one #knowwhatwethinkofGerry

Come back Ean Higgins, too true — ALL IS FORGIVEN !!!!!

Ean Higgins, 29 Miners Still Missing [zimbio.com]Journalist Ean Higgins of The Australian newspaper asks a question during a media briefing [zimbio.com]

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 07:47 27/07/2014
Brownlee lashes ‘tosspot’ journalist
By Steve Kilgallon and Neil Reid
The Australian journalist who fled New Zealand after being labelled a “boorish tosspot” by National minister Gerry Brownlee for his insensitive approach to the Pike River mine disaster has declared it the finest moment of his career. Brownlee, however, has told the Sunday Star-Times that Ean Higgins remained a tosser, but had also proven himself a fantasist and an “obnoxious twerp”.
[…] Higgins’ self-congratulatory essay about his brief Pike River coverage was certainly inflammatory.

He called New Zealand “a small, meek and mild democracy” and said: “The New Zealand journalists didn’t ask any uncomfortable questions, being happy to accept whatever the police, the company and the miners’ rescue people told them . . . the Australian journalists, coming from a more robust tradition . . . did ask the tough questions”.

He describes the two groups of journalists dining separately in “the only good restaurant” in Greymouth and the Aussies deciding “we were really going to get stuck into the company and the authorities and show the Kiwis real journalism and workshopped a few really brutal questions”.
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2 responses to “NZ journalism, Ean Higgins got it in one #knowwhatwethinkofGerry

  1. Elizabeth

    Received. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 at 2:44 p.m.

    Written by Calvin Oaten, September 2012

    The Pike River Mine

    It was 2010, when a body of men, went to their shift in the mine, just another day, earning their pay, hewing out coal in Pike River Mine, a rushing of gas, a mighty big flash, giant explosion, tunnel implosion, those twenty nine trapped, at the end of the line, families distraught, at their men being caught, when will they see them again, no one to ask, no one to tell, it all was a day, just right out of hell.

    Please Mr Key, bring my man back to me,
    forget the dollars on your bottom line,
    please don’t you see, it’s no place to be,
    for my man, lying, in the Pike River Mine.

    The rescue was taken by men dressed in blue, just how to do that, they hadn’t a clue, for days it was meetings, committees and all, but to try a rescue was never the call. At the end of the day, when all had their say, those that were left could only just pray. Where was the company, we needed to know, their tears and their fears, was all they could show, but never a move for those down below.

    Please Mr Key, bring my boy back to me,
    forget the dollars on your bottom line,
    please don’t you see, it’s no place to be,
    for my boy, lying, in the Pike River Mine.

    Then came the talk, what was there to do, nothing but words, there were quite a few. A memorial service, for those in the mine, was all that the loved ones, got for their time, saying it seems, life’s not worth a dime. Suits there aplenty, all adding opine, of their kind thought for those in the mine. Folks there filled, with pangs of regret, hopes for their loved ones, they’ll never forget. End of the day, when all melt away, leaving just memories, of those in the mine.

    Please Mr Key, bring my dad back to me,
    forget the dollars on your bottom line,
    please don’t you see, it’s no place to be,
    for my dad, lying, in the Pike River Mine.

    The receivers, the deceivers, the suits in the line, all talking up, like they give a dime, truth is not in there, all just a shame, there never was one, to name or to blame, papers and pictures, by the truckload it seems, lies and denials, it seemed all a game, pollys all come to pronounce and to preen, the outcome was always plain to be seen, came to the pay out, they all stood in line, with hardly a thought for those in the mine, loved ones are lost, just left with a name, to cherish, remember, a love in the mine.

    Please Mr Key, bring them all back to we,
    forget the dollars on your bottom line,
    please don’t you see, it’s no place to be,
    for our twenty nine, in the Pike River Mine.

  2. Peter

    Higgins was absolutely right.

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