Nicky Hager, arguably New Zealand’s best investigative journalist, is making a rare public appearance at a special event in the Paraparaumu Library early next month.
Mr Hager will speak on ‘Getting the Truth Out’ at the first event in a Friends of the Kāpiti Libraries’ Mini Literary Festival.
One of Nicky Hager’s many scoops, outlined in his best-seller ‘The Hollow Men,’ exposed the National Party’s dubious links with rightwing funders – and led to the downfall of Don Brash as National leader.
His other best-selling books include ‘Other People’s Wars,’ which exposed the hidden story behind New Zealand’s involvement in the Afghanistan War – and the way NZ military and intelligence officials have colluded with US policies which violate human rights.
Janet Secker, chair Friends of the Libraries, says she chose ‘Getting the Truth Out’ as a topic because of its importance at a time when journalism is developing and changing.
She says tickets for Nicky Hager’s event on the evening of Friday, September 7, are available (for $20) from Keith Carley, (04) 902 0834. The event starts at 7.30pm.
This will be followed by a session the following morning (Saturday, September 8) with a panel of four journalists discussing the main issues confronting journalists as they struggle to get at the truth in the face of those who want to keep it hidden (tickets $20).
The mini-festival marks a change of gear for the Friends as it’s the first of their festivals to concentrate on non-fiction.
And the Friends have got the equivalent of a ‘Scoop’ by securing the participation of Mr Hager, whose continuing revelations about the hidden agendas of successive governments, and powerful corporations, have helped shore up our somewhat fragile democratic institutions.
Doubtless he’ll be asked about his links with Julian Assange, of Wikileaks,who he is said to have conferred with during a trip to the UK last year.