Checkpoint item reported on a rally was held in Wellington protesting against some of the government's policies. The speakers included Maxine Gay of the NZ Trade Union Federation. Comments from the speeches of the three other speakers were included in the item. Complaint that the omission of any reference to Ms Gay, and the omission of her significant contribution, breached the balance and accuracy standards. Not upheld (balance, accuracy).
Radio Pacific breakfast programme. Host's comments about dumping carcases at the Department's offices in Wanganui and at the home of the Conservator. Upheld (fairness, balance). Not upheld (law and order, accuracy). No order.
Morning Report and Checkpoint. Programmes discussed aspects of "green" politics. The former discussion included interviews with representatives of the Alliance and Progressive Greens, and they were also represented on the Checkpoint item which, in addition, included a spokesperson from the Labour Party. Not upheld (balance).
National Radio's Focus on Politics. Programme reported on the Ngai Tahu settlement with the Crown and included interviews with several people, representing different viewpoints. Not upheld (action taken sufficient).
Morning Report. Trailer for an item dealing with the illegal importation of the rabbit calici virus stated that comment would be heard on the subject from the Opposition; that comment included speakers for Labour and ACT New Zealand, but no other party. Not upheld (balance).
The Week in Parliament. The programme carried actuality of the Treasurer's (Hon Winston Peters) attack on the Alliance, and included the response from Labour MP Michael Cullen. The Alliance, it was reported, had joined in the attack. Not upheld (balance).
Classic Hits ZA-FM. Palmerston North City Council's decision to remove some trees was a matter of considerable public interest and local station, Classic Hits ZA-FM, broadcast from the site between 6.00am–6.00pm on 6 January 1997. Other trees were cut down on the 8 January and Classic Hits covered this by way of news bulletins Complaint that the broadcast on 6 January was unbalanced. Upheld (complaint referring to broadcaster's failure to keep a logging tape for thirty-five days). Not upheld (all other aspects of the complaints). No order.
Newstalk ZB talkback. Subject was the criticism by some Maori of English group the Spice Girls using the haka. Host's comments. Not upheld (balance, accuracy, fairness, discrimination and denigration).
National Radio news item. News item on the 6 people shot dead at Raurimu included comments from a known gun control lobbyist, calling for tighter controls on guns. Complaint that item was unbalanced. Not upheld (balance).
In Touch with New Zealand. Item dealt with the economical use of electricity and the new wholesale electricity pricing system, and included interviews with the chief executive and an employee of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. Not upheld (balance): action taken sufficient.
Mana News. Comment made by Claims Manager for an iwi, in the context of an item on the settlement of Treaty of Waitangi grievances. Not upheld (good taste and decency, law and order, balance, accuracy).
More FM news bulletin. Item about firearms included comment from a spokesperson from Gunsafe but nothing from a representative of the Sporting Shooters Association. Declined to determine (balance): no tape or transcript of the item complained about.
Top o' the Morning: "Brian's Week". The presenter discussed gun ownership, questioning the practice of allowing people to own a device which, he said, was "intended to maim and kill". Not upheld (balance, discrimination and denigration),
In Touch with New Zealand. Discussion on the imminent coming into force of the Domestic Violence Act 1996 between a representative from each of the Law Society, Women's Refuge, and the Department of Courts. Not upheld (balance, discrimination and denigration).
Banksie on Sunday. Comments by host about the television talent quest programme Showcase. Not upheld (fairness).
Nine to Noon. Interview of leader of New Zealand First focused on the Party's immigration policy which was a matter of considerable public interest at the time. Not upheld (accuracy, fairness). Not applicable (good taste and decency, law and order, balance, discrimination and denigration, responsible programming).
Nine to Noon. Interview of author of a book about the male culture in New Zealand. Comment misconstrued. Declined to determine (good taste and decency, law and order, balance, responsible programming).
Morning Report. Item on the current state housing rental policies and the possible introduction of a private Member’s bill by the Opposition spokesperson on housing. Upheld (balance). Not upheld (fairness).
Banksie on Sunday. Topic of abortion. Host described doctors who carried out abortions as baby murderers, and claimed that the aborted foetuses were put into the hospital waste disposal systems or in "Kleensaks". Upheld (denigration and discrimination). Not upheld (accuracy, fairness, balance, law and order). Order (broadcast of apology).
Newstalk ZB talkback. Host's description of complainant. Not upheld (balance, accuracy, discrimination and denigration).