The Antipodean Mariner always enjoys getting comments about the blog. After the posting on Rena’s media machine, Joe’s Mate commented;
‘Have to take time out of the day to mention that I believe Maritime NZ has been a fabulous resource to those of us that want to know what’s really happening down under.This is a textbook example of "transparency" if you ask me and from the "bottom of the world" no less.’
The Antipodean Mariner’s observation was that Maritime NZ has a media strategy and selectively reports the good news to the punters in New Zealand (and around the world). MNZ didn’t report that the ‘Awanuia’ collided with the Rena, forcing her back in to port for two days to repair damage to the bow, nor did MNZ report the fire that broke out on the after deck of the Rena from cutting through the container lashings.
The Antipodean Mariner’s man at Astrolabe Reef was an uncontrolled source of information. Enforcement of the non-disclosure clause in his contract ensured MNZ’s media strategy was not contradicted or challenged.
The Antipodean Mariner
25th November 2011
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