The horrific tragedy that struck Samoa last week will never
be forgotten, but more's the pity we can't wipe away the
memory of some of our media coverage of the tragedy.
In terrible times like those experienced in the Pacific, many
New Zealanders turn to their television screens to find out
the latest, see the images and get a distant feel for what is
We don't really want to hear "broadcasters" like Mark
Sainsbury ask painful and ridiculous questions.
It was cringe-worthy stuff.
As Sainsbury bumbled his way through the obvious "how do you
feel"-type questions, viewers must have been thinking "How
bad can it get?".
With Samoa recently tossed and turned like piece of cloth in
a washing machine on the last spin cycle, here we have a man
in a suit, standing in a nice warm television studio, walrus
moustache at the ready, flinging dodgy questions at those in
the centre of the drama.
The most cruel of fates.
And that's just Sainsbury.
As journalists, our job is to tell the story, not become the
In moments of tragedy and loss, it is our role to let the
images and the words tell the story.
We don't take centre stage, we don't hijack the story.
And now for something completely different.
And it is good news.
Wrestling is coming back to our screens.
New Zealand pro-wrestling to be exact.
As a child, I remember being glued to the screen watching
Ernie Leonard and Barry Holland present On The Mat.
It was classic Kiwi fare on the box without all the hype and
hoopla that has, quite frankly, made the sport a bit of a
mockery in the United States.
This is wrestling as it should be - fun, entertaining and not
taking itself too seriously.
So when a press release came across my desk titled "Kiwi
Wrestling Returns to TV after 25 Years" you can imagine my
interest was piqued.
Off The Ropes is a 13-part series filmed in Wellington
and will screen on Prime TV later this year.
And get this - a former munitions store, previously used by
film director Peter Jackson, is being transformed into a
central ring with tiered seating and state of the art sound,
lighting and special effects equipment.
Don't miss: The Nightmare on Elm Street horror
movie seasons, Saturdays, Sky Movie Greats, 8.30pm.
Growing up, these were some of the scariest movies out there.
Rest your brain for a couple of hours every Saturday for the
next few weeks and enjoy.
Don't bother: Fringe, TV2, Wednesdays, 8.30pm:
Never got the hang of this series which I think might be a
bit too clever for its own good.