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Date Posted: 02:03:28 03/04/04 Thu
Author: Jason Brown
Subject: condolences from winebox country

I was very sad to hear of the death of warren via pacific media watch:

4326 NZ: Top investigative publisher Warren Berryman dies

During the early nineties, The Independent's incessant fossicking about in winebox country affairs led to sustained media attention being paid to this country which, in turn, gave us local hacks the courage to stick our heads up a bit more.

in fact, a lot more. our 1998 commission of inquiry into political review surveyed over 800 cook islands voters about the ability of 11 institutions to act as an "effective control on the political process" including police,
parliament, privileges committee, audit, PERCA, NGOs, and even voters themselves, saw only one institution command a simple majority of confidence (56%): the news media.

in other words, The Independent had balls and, to mix a metaphor, it might be fair to say that we picked them up and ran with them.

thank you for your early inspiration. it has had much more of an impact in our little corner of paradise than you, Jenni, or Warren might have known or realised.

god bless,

jason brown
freelance reporter

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