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The first-ever gathering of New Zealand investigative journalists, held at Massey University, Wellington, on June 28 and 29, was a huge success. We expected 40-50, and we got over 75 people.
Some of the country’s best-known journalists from the New Zealand Herald, TV One, Maori Television, and Fairfax mingled with independents such as Nicky Hager and Keith Ng, and Massey journalism students, journalism teachers from AUT, Whitireia and Canterbury University, and others, to discuss tradecraft, social and policy issues and current and past investigations.
Speakers included private investigator Trevor Morley, the immediate past head of the Serious Fraud Office, Simon McArley, Miscarriage of Justice investigator and former detective Tim McKinnel, and cyber-security experts. Participants said they found it stimulating, inspiring, informative, and enjoyable. A conference dinner on the Saturday night was also convivial. We’ll definitely be doing it again next year.
A huge thanks to Massey University Wellington, which provided the rooms and Internet free of charge, plus the speakers who gave up their time. This meant we could keep the cost down to $20 a head. Many students and low-waged people said they were only able to come because of this.
The event was organised by the New Zealand Centre for Investigative Journalism, which was founded in 2013 by Nicky Hager, Keith Ng, and Massey Journalism lecturer James Hollings. You can read more about the centre here:
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016