New Zealand media camouflage political lobbying

  • Catherine Strong Massey University
  • Fran Tyler CJM, Massey University, Wellington, NZ
Keywords: journalism, newspapers, political lobbying, precision journalism


Political lobbyists are a part of government decision-making processes, and many countries have stringent regulations to ensure their activities are somewhat transparent, especially as some use ethically questionable tactics. In New Zealand, however, there are no similar legislative regulations and lobbyists can stay undetected while trying to influence policymaking.  More concerning, however, is that the results of this study indicates that lobbyists are also able to skirt around scrutiny in New Zealand media because of current journalism practices.  This research’s content analysis indicates the media neglects to identify lobby organisations, thereby allowing them to operate without detection of their agenda, leaving the public unaware of who is influencing decision makers.





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Author Biographies

Catherine Strong, Massey University
Dr. Catherine Strong Sr. Lecturer , Journalism Programme, Massey University, Wellington, NZ
Fran Tyler, CJM, Massey University, Wellington, NZ


Journalism Programme

Massey University, Wellington, NZ 


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How to Cite
Strong, C., & Tyler, F. (2017). New Zealand media camouflage political lobbying. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 23(2), 144-158.