Media Coverage: Paper, Radio, TV

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Part of the ongoing campaign of FOR THE PROTECTION OF ZION TRUST is to educate the wider public. Since 2014 we have received press coverage in newspaper, radio and TV reports. Unfortunately those who deal in falsehood and lies seem to run on the premise that the first to tell their story wins. We believe we are conveying truth but we have to be pro-active instead of being just reactive all the time. This means we like to look for opportunities to do that. Sometimes the 14th May is an opportunity as it is the anniversary date on the Gregorian calendar of the birth of the Modern State of Israel. In 2018 and 2019 we run full page articles bringing an awareness to the public of the truth about Israel. The article in 2019 covered every major daily in the Nation. The scope and the potential impact are big—so is the bill. If you are in a financial position to help empower us to continue running these full page ad/articles in New Zealand newspapers then please think about donating to our cause. As long as God provides us the means then we will continue to do this. 

Our first full page (one of many now) was after Murray McCully’s ill-fated UNSC Res. 2334 and it was entitled Why the Land of Israel Belongs to Israel. It was a full page in the Saturday and Sunday editions of the NZ Herald one month after the resolution. Word got back to me that it ended up on the Minister of Foreign Affairs desk—and he read it. The 14 May 2019 publication “At 71, Israel as a Jewish State is Justified” upset our opponents with our national coverage. We were not upset about that. In 2021 in a major campaign to lobby support for “A New Zealand Embassy in Israel” full page ads/articles were placed in major dailies throughout NZ. You can download and view the text and images of those articles in each of their respective blog posts under the Media TAB.

What follows in this post is some of the press coverage we’ve received, apart from the aforementioned articles, since 2014. The coverage is reported from most recent first:

the BFD – 7 February 2024

The Post – 8 Jan. 2024


NZ Herald – 7 Dec. 2023


Newstalk-ZB 7 Dec. 2023


1 News – 7 Dec. 2023

the BFD – 7 Dec. 2023

Voxy – 6 Dec. 2023


Otago Daily Times – 29 Nov. 2023


Otago Daily Times – 28 Nov. 2023


Stuff News – 28 Nov. 2023


NZ Herald – 28 Nov. 2023


Dunedin City Council Media – 28 Nov. 2023

Explaining to the Dunedin City Council why flying a Palestinian flag on Nov. 29th is insensitive


Scoop Media – Thursday 16 November 2023

Hawkes Bay Today – 13 Nov. 2023

Monday 13 November 2023

Scoop Media – Thursday 9 November 2023

Pro-Palestinian Rally Criticized by Nigel Woodley

The Platform – 26 Oct. 2023

Michael Laws interviews Nigel Woodley on The Platform Radio Show about the Israel/Hamas War

Hawkes Bay Today 25 Oct. 2023

Andrew Austin Interviews Juliet Moses – 13 Oct.2023

Get the written report from the Hawkes Bay App here

Hawkes Bay Today – 11 Oct. 2023

the BFD – 9 Oct. 2023

THE POST – 30 June 2023

WCC Media – 29 June 2023

The Final Point the Mayor would not allow me to say was: “Go to bed with terrorists and you wake up with terror next to you”

THE POST – 28 June 2023

THE POST – 26 June 2023

The Post – Wellington Friday 19 May 2023

The Post – Wellington 17 May 2023

Stuff Report – 16 May 2023

The Jerusalem Post – 15 May 2023

Hawkes Bay Today – 21 January 2023

A good letter by Roger Curtis and a disgruntled reader to mine on 18 January

Hawkes Bay Today – 18 January 2023

This was in response to a biased and misleading opinion piece by John Minto

Hawkes Bay Today – 3 January 2023

After an article by the Associated Press raising concerns over the new Netanyahu Government

Radio NZ “Saturday Morning”: – 26 November 2022

Radio NZ with Kim Hill

The tragic death of Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin: The unintentional death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh who was killed in the middle of a gunfight between Israeli soldiers and terrorists in Jenin on the West Bank in May 2022 was tragic. However, the Palestinians typically used it to malign Israel once again. The niece of the late journalist, Lina Abu Akleh, was interviewed by Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand. As I was listening to Lina I had to respond to the lies and exaggerations I was hearing. I sent an email to Kim Hill while the show was still running and Kim read it verbatim at the end of the interview. I was grateful to Kim for the opportunity to express the truth so that her listeners were not deceived. It read:

Dear Kim,

  • How does Lina “know” it was intentional?
  • It was long-range fire. How could they have identified her from so far away?
  • There was a gun battle happening and it was not quiet.
  • All news reports have not reported the same thing.
  • WE have not seen how Israelis target journalists. The Israelis are not that stupid!
  • The police did not attack the funeral. Agitators stirred up a commotion that the Israelis had to respond to!
  • More lies and exaggerations from the Palestinians propaganda.  

The Audio Recording

Parliament TV – 10 August 2022

Parliament TV – Presentation of our Petition calling for a NZ Embassy in Israel

Jerusalem Post – 7 July 2022

Jerusalem Post, Israel – After our Roxy Theatre Rally in Wellington on 2 July 2022

Hawkes Bay Today – 25 May 2022

After a positive feature on the Abraham Accords was published

Dominion Post – 18 May 2022

After Wellington Mayor Andy Foster cancelled a provocative Palestinian commemoration of Nakba Day on 15 May, and following a very biased anti-Israel piece by Donna Miles

Hawkes Bay Today – 17 May 2022

After the false accusations that Israel deliberately targeted the Al Jazeera journalist – 17 May 2022

Hawkes Bay Today – 13 May 2022

Hawkes Bay Today – 4 April 2022

Following the spree of attacks against Israel at the end of March 2022

Dominion Post – 5 October 2021

I responded to Minto’s letter but it was not published. My response follows:
Dear Editor

John Minto is wrong (5 Oct.)! Eighty percent of the State of Israel is made up of the Jewish people—the descendants of their Biblical forbears who possessed the land before they were ruthlessly forced into exile by the Roman Empire. Today Jews are simply returning to claim what is theirs by historical right. The Palestinians do not have the same claim to the land. Some have indeed been in the land for centuries, as was the case with a Jewish remnant. However, most of the Arab population came in from Arab countries across the Middle East and North Africa with the birth of the Zionist era beginning in the 1880s. Jews returning to their rightful, ancestral, and indigenous land created industry and employment that became a magnet for Arabs seeking a better way of life. Israel has not “ethnically cleansed” the land of Israel of Palestinian Arabs. Many were encouraged to leave by Arab leaders who expected a quick annihilation of Israel in 1948, promising the masses they would then be able to return. Arab leaders caused the Nakba and Israel is not oppressing the Palestinians. Where does Jesus Christ stand in this conflict? On the side of Truth! 

Pastor Nigel Woodley
Flaxmere Christian Fellowship, Hastings
Dated 5 Oct. 2021

the BFD Media Outlet – 22 Sept. 2023

Dominion Post – 22 September 2021

My response was not published (which is unfair). However it follows here:
Dear Editor 

Fr. Gerard Burns is not correct. I am not sure what else he has been reading but he is not speaking for many Christians. The Kairos document he refers to is a politically motivated document to lure naïve Christians into agreement with the brutal ideology of the Palestinian Authority. That is, “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free”. That is the catch phrase of those who support the Kairos document calling for boycotts, divestments, and sanctions against Israel. The Bible he mentions makes it very clear that the entire land is the “Land of Israel”. I suggest he pick his Bible up and read it now and again. The “1967 lines” were never recognised political borders but agreed armistice lines pending a negotiated settlement. Archaeological finds all over the land of Israel attest to the indisputable claim of the Jewish people to the land. Fr. Burns exemplifies people who know little of the true narrative but have a lot to say anyway. There is no racist and brutal occupation by Israel; they do their best under very trying circumstances. “Disputed territories and historically the land of Israel” is a fair summary based on the historical account. 

Pastor Nigel Woodley
Flaxmere Christian Fellowship, Hastings
Dated 22 Sept. 2021

Hawkes Bay Today – 21 October 2021

My response to John Minto was published the next day

Hawkes Bay Today – 20 October 2021

Mr. Minto wrote this after after our public protest against his racist lies

Hawkes Bay Today – 28 September 2021

Hawkes Bay Today – Tuesday 28 September 2021 – Delayed publishing of my reply to Minto

Hawkes Bay Today – 28 August 2021

Hawkes Bay Today – Saturday 28 August 2021 – Minto’s reply

Hawkes Bay Today – 25 August 2021

Hawkes Bay Today – Wednesday 25 August 2021

Hawkes Bay Today – 26 June 2021

Hawkes Bay Today – Saturday 26 June 2021

Dominion Post – 22 May 2021

Dominion Post Wellington – Saturday 22 May 2021

Newshub – 19 May 2021

Dominion Post – 20 April 2021

Dominion Post, Wellington – 20 APR 2021

Dominion Post – 19 April 2021

Dominion Post, Wellington – 19 APR 2021

Dominion Post – 14 January 2021

Dominion Post, Wellington – 14 Jan. 2021

Dominion Post – 12 January 2021

Dominion Post Wellington – 12 Jan. 2021

Hawkes Bay Today – 22 December 2020

HB Today 22 Dec. 2020

Hawkes Bay Today – 30 November 2019

Hawkes Bay Today – Sat. 30 Nov. 2019

Hawkes Bay Today – 26 November 2019

Hawkes Bay Today – Tues. 26 Nov. 2019

Hawkes Bay Today – 23 November 2019

Hawkes Bay Today – Sat. 23 Nov. 2019

Hawkes Bay Today – 22 November 2019

Hawkes Bay Today – Fri. 22 Nov. 2019

Hawkes Bay Today – 18 May 2019

HB Today 18 May 2019

Hawkes Bay Today – 9 April 2019

Hawkes Bay Today 9 April 2019

Hawkes Bay Today – 30 March 2019

Hawkes Bay Today 30 March 2019

Hawkes Bay Today – 11 March 2019

Hawkes Bay Today 11 March 2019

Hawkes Bay Today – 21 December 2018

Hawkes Bay Today 21 Dec. 2018

Dominion Post – 24 October 2018

Dominion Post 24 Oct. 2018

Simon Bridges – 29 June 2018

Questioning National Party Leader Simon Bridges at Public Meeting in Hastings @ Foreign Policy/Israel

Hawkes Bay Today – 25 June 2018

Hawkes Bay Today 25 June 2018

Hawkes Bay Today – 17 January 2018

Hawkes Bay Today 17 Jan. 2018

Hawkes Bay Today – 6 January 2018

Hawkes Bay Today 6 Jan. 2018

Dominion Post – 30 December 2017

Dominion Post 30 Dec. 2017

Hawkes Bay Today – 23 December 2017

Hawkes Bay Today 23 Dec. 2017

Hawkes Bay Today – 8 December 2017

Hawkes Bay Today 8 Dec. 2017

Hawkes Bay Today – 7 January 2017

Hawkes Bay Today 7 Jan. 2017

Hawkes Bay Today – 31 December 2016

Hawkes Bay Today 31 Dec. 2016

The Times of Israel Report – 30 December 2016

NZ Herald – 30 Dec. 2016

TV1 News – 30 December 2016

Part of the coverage from TV1 that evening – Friday 30 December 2016

Shalom.Kiwi – 30 December 2016

Shalom.Kiwi video – 30 Dec. 2016

Newstalk ZB – 30 December 2016

Newstalk ZB interview with Tim Dower – 7:10 am December 30, 2016

NZ Herald – 30 December 2016

New Zealand Herald Video of our Condemnation of the NZ sponsored resolution – 30 Dec. 2016

NZ Herald – 30 December 2016

New Zealand Herald Website – On our way from FCF Church to Protest UNSC Res. 2334 at Parliament

Hawkes Bay Today – 30 December 2016

Hawkes Bay Today 30 Dec. 2016

Hawkes Bay Today 30 Dec. 2016

Hawkes Bay Today – 27 December 2016

Hawkes Bay Today 27 Dec. 2016

Hawkes Bay Today – 8 December 2016

Hawkes Bay Today – 8 December 2015

Hawkes Bay Today 8 Dec. 2015

Hawkes Bay Today 8 Dec. 2015

Radio NZ – 8 December 2015

Radio NZ’s Checkpoint interview – 8 December 2015

Dominion Post – 8 December 2015

Dominion Post 8 Dec. 2015

Parliament TV – 21 October 2015

Presentation of Petition Calling on NZ Govt. to stop pressuring Israel – Parliament TV – 21 Oct. 2015

Hawkes Bay Today – 21 August 2014

Hawkes Bay Today 21 Aug. 2014

Hawkes Bay Today – 18 August 2014

Hawkes Bay Today 18 Aug. 2014

Newshub 3News – 16 August 2014

16 August 2014: During Operation Protective Edge…Israel dealing to the threat of Hamas aggression

Hawkes Bay Today – 6 August 2014

Hawkes Bay Today 6 Aug. 2014

Dominion Post – 18 July 2014

Dominion Post 18 July 2014

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