10 Mar 2022

08 Alison Mau | New Zealand’s #metoo reckoning

From re_covering, 5:00 am on 10 March 2022
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Ali Mau talking to Rev. Frank Ritchie Photo: Stephanie Soh

After nearly four years of dedicated reporting on sexual abuse and harassment in workplaces across New Zealand, Senior Journalist Alison Mau sensed she was in danger of treating survivors with less compassion if she did not take a step away for a season.

The project’s momentum, driven by Ali’s gritty determination to get the story right, had brought about remarkable change in New Zealand’s public discourse. But behind the scenes, there were countless sleepless nights for the victims going public, and the journalists telling their stories.

In this interview with media chaplain Rev. Frank Ritchie, Ali touches on her own experience of workplace sexual harassment, how it has shaped her reporting on such a sensitive topic, and her decision to step away from it for a time.

re_covering is a Media Chaplaincy New Zealand podcast series produced for RNZ by Love It Media.

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