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The Detail – a podcast from RNZ/ Newsroom: Labour’s badly bungled sexual assault investigation


This of course predates Ardern calling for nobody to discuss this and her announcement o various reviews.

However, it provides some interesting analysis.

A Podcast from RNZ and Newsroom

This Episode – 12 September 2019

The RNZ website notes:

Labour’s been hit by a firestorm of criticism over its handling of sexual abuse allegations – and as the pressure reached boiling point, those criticisms claimed the job of the party’s president

Nigel Haworth quit on Wednesday afternoon; his resignation announced in a press release from the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

He’s been at the centre of a storm since The Spinoff published an account of an alleged assault on Monday.

In it, the complainant – who writer Alex Casey calls Sarah – alleges her claims of assault weren’t investigated seriously, or even properly listened to.

In the days since, other complainants have come forward to say they feel the process favoured the alleged perpetrator – and that they have been let down by the party, and specifically, by Haworth.

“The process itself was deeply retraumatising,” says one complainant.

It seemed only a matter of time until Haworth was forced from his post – and indeed, it was.


According to Newsroom,

Newsroom has been commissioned by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund to produce a new daily news podcast designed to explain the stories behind the headlines. 

Called ‘The Detail’, it aims to help listeners dive deeper into the big stories to help give an understanding of what’s really going on. We will pick out the news that matters and explain it in detail and in context.

The Detail will be fronted by journalists Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton, and produced by Alexia Russell. We will be drawing on not only Newsroom’s award-winning journalists, but the best reporters from throughout the country; along with experts in their fields.


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