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Ara/NZ Broadcasting School – Media Update

On 18 September 2021 the NZ Herald newspaper ran a story on the New Zealand Broadcasting school at Ara. On 27 September Ara received a follow up request for information from the journalist that outlined a series of allegations that had been raised with the NZ Herald by former students.  The issues raised by the NZ Herald, if accurate, are completely unacceptable to Ara, including the NZ Broadcasting School. The wellbeing and safety of Ara students and staff is our prime concern.

As a result of the allegations made, Ara will immediately commence a comprehensive investigation, led by an independent external consultant. This process will be transparent with current and previous staff and students invited to participate.

Outcomes of the investigation will be made public.

In the interim, we are ensuring that both students and staff know how to access immediate support if required.

We will not be making any further comment on this issue until the terms of reference of the investigation are confirmed.

For further queries please contact Jas Cannon, Executive Director People and Culture, on