Editor’s Let­ter; Things We Love; Me­gan Ni­col Reed

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - SARAH DANIELL sarah. daniell@ nzher­ald. co. nz

The life cy­cle of a news story might start with a con­tro­versy, a lie, an in­jus­tice. Bal­ance is sought, then, even­tu­ally, there might be, to use that aw­ful word, “clo­sure”. And we move on, to an­other story, to an­other case. The truth is, there can never be a neat and tidy “clo­sure” for Teina Pora, the vul­ner­a­ble young man who spent more than 20 years in jail af­ter be­ing wrongly con­victed of mur­der. This week, Greg Bruce in­ter­views Michael Ben­nett — the di­rec­tor of In Dark Places, a tele­vi­sion drama­ti­sa­tion of Pora’s re­lent­lessly hor­rific case. Ben­nett and the tire­less de­tec­tive Tim McKin­nel, both cham­pi­ons for Pora’s case, claim the in­jus­tice sprang from ra­cial bias. That claim may not be new. It may be im­pos­si­ble to prove on an in­di­vid­ual case. But the story is a po­tent re­minder of the power of com­pas­sion, and a re­minder, if we needed one, that while we like to think we live in a fair and just so­ci­ety, jus­tice is some­times only for some.

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