COMMENT:

A story this week gave a small window in the Prime Minister's relationship with the media.

The PM had just arrived in Tokelau. But she wouldn't be taking questions on the Ihumātao land protests. That was a personal instruction, said the story. If it was disobeyed, reporters would lose access to the PM.

Higher ups in the PM's office were told, they intervened, and order was restored.

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If you're generous, you could blame this on something as simple as a breakdown in communication somewhere along the line. An example of a message lost in translation, grabbed with both hands

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