Story: Crime and the media

Winston Peters and Peter Simunovich

Winston Peters and Peter Simunovich

Winston Peters was part of the 2003 inquiry into fisheries management (known as the scampi inquiry, as it focused on the crustacean), which involved Simunovich Fisheries.  In 2010 the New Zealand Herald and Television New Zealand are thought to have paid $1.5 million to Simunovich Fisheries directors Peter Simunovich and Vaughan Wilkinson. They also had to issue public apologies after alleging that Simunovich Fisheries had given false figures when securing government fishing quotas in the 1990s. The media must be very careful in reporting accusations of wrongdoing, or they run the risk of costly defamation payouts if their accusations are found to have no basis.

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Carl Walrond, 'Crime and the media - Newspapers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018