Radio Pacific talkback. Complaint that the host, Hon John Banks, referred offensively and unfairly to a TV3 reporter and, more generally, made racist, sexist, jingoistic and derogatory remarks about those who disagreed with him. Upheld (fairness). Not upheld (good taste and decency, law and order, balance, accuracy, discrimination and denigration). Order (brief summary of decision and an apology to the TV3 reporter).
Kupu Kori Kori. Weekly commentary on Maori issues contained a review of a newspaper column, claiming it contained racist comment and showed bias and prejudice against Maori. Not upheld (balance, accuracy). Not upheld (fairness): action taken sufficient.
Radio Kahungunu. Description of events on the Omahu Marae, Hastings, during the fiscal envelope hui. Complaint that a protester's comments denigrated and defamed the people referred to. Upheld (one technical aspect – no copy of the tape available). Declined to determine the substance of the complaint (balance, fairness, privacy, responsible programming): no tape available. No order.
Radio Pacific interviews. Author interviewed advanced the thesis that counselling can assist homosexuals change their sexual orientation. Complaint that the programmes were unbalanced, breached the privacy of the callers and denigrated gay people. Not upheld (privacy, balance, responsible programming, discrimination and denigration).
Top of the Morning. Interview with actress. Allegatioin that host's comments were sexist and defamatory. Not upheld (good taste and decency, balance, fairness, discrimination and denigration).
National Radio afternoon programme. Christmas Cake recipe. The presenter simulated drunkenness. Not upheld (good taste and decency, balance, responsible programming (children), liquor).
Newstalk ZB. Subject of truancy. Not upheld (balance). Not upheld (good taste and decency, fairness): action taken sufficient.
Insight. Programme dealt with the negotiation process and the settlement of claims made under the Treaty of Waitang. Not upheld (balance).
Insight. Programme discussed future of the Labour Party in view of its apparent low level of public support in the lead-up to by-election. Not upheld (balance).
The G & T Show. Item about secondary school students in America and homosexuality. Not upheld (balance).
RNZ. Talkback host's interview of Minister of Health queried specialists working in both the public and private health sectors. Upheld: majority (fairness, questions about the value of the Minister's home). Not upheld (fairness, concluding remark): action taken sufficient. Not upheld: majority (balance). No order.
National Radio news item. Allegation that mental health hospital records were being falsified to disguise the fact that patients were being dumped into the community. Upheld (balance). Not upheld (accuracy, fairness, responsible programming). No order.
Gifford and Balani talkback show. Hosts' strong views about roadworks and critical comments about city councillors. Upheld (fairness). Not upheld: majority (balance). Order (broadcast of summary of decision and apology).
Mana Maori News. Report that Maori elder who offered a greeting in Maori at a CCA meeting was told to speak in English or to sit down. Upheld (fairness, R5; balance, R9, s 4 (1) d): action taken insufficient. Not upheld (accuracy or any other aspects of the complaint). Order (broadcast of summary of decision).
National Programme news in Maori. Item on controversy created by essay on the appropriation of Maori symbolism by Pakeha artists. Upheld (accuracy, fairness). Subsumed (balance). Order (broadcast of summary of decision).
Nine to Noon, Morning Report. Subject of liable parent contributions was discussed on Nine to Noon and unemployment on Morning Report. Not upheld (balance, discrimination and denigration, responsible programming).
RNZ news items dealing with the Great Alexandra Bunny Shoot. Not upheld (accuracy). Declined to determine (balance).
Nine to Noon. Discussions on release of a guideline pamphlet on child abuse and its application by various state agencies. Not upheld (law and order, balance, responsible programming).
Morning Report. Item on health reforms. Not upheld: majority (balance).
Mana News, Good Morning New Zealand. Item about a war memorial in Wanganui. Not upheld (law and order, balance).