Opposition leader Judith Collins’ claims that she’s reached out to the Pasifika community largely affected by the current Covid-19 outbreak has been refuted by leaders of the Māngere church and others in the community. …
The church’s media spokesperson Jerome Mika said no one from his team had heard from Collins, or her office, since the outbreak.
He said he wasn’t sure what Pacific community Collins was referring, but it wasn’t any of the leaders and crisis management team of the church.
Mika said they were relayed messages of support from the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, however, and held regular Zoom meetings with the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio.
Would it not be relevant to the story to mention that Jerome is also the Pacific Island Vice-President of the Labour Party?
South Auckland Pacific leader Efeso Collins said he hadn’t heard from Collins or from her office as well during the outbreak. He also said he had not heard from Ardern too.
“I have participated in very informative community Zooms led by Aupito, alongside the PM and the Director General of Health,” Collins said.
And Stuff also forgot to mention Efoso Collins is a Labour Party Councillor who has sought to be a parliamentary candidate for them.
This doesn’t mean that either man is incorrect, but it is appalling journalism not to tell readers that both the persons quoted as criticising the National Leader are high officials of the Labour Party.