Extensive media ban for Obama’s NZ visit

This is taking secrecy to an extreme level. Something to hide, Mr. Obama?

Patrick Gower

Former US President Barack Obama will enforce an extensive ban on media and publicity during his visit to New Zealand this week.
There will be no interviews and media cannot report from inside his event.
Newshub has learned the secrecy extends to those invited to his event, who are set to be prohibited from posting to their own social media.
A bit like movie Fight Club, “the first rule of seeing Barack Obama is don’t talk about seeing Barack Obama”.
At his most recent event this year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the rules were that “photography, video recording, streaming and social media posting, including on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other platforms will not be permitted without exception”.

The New Zealand organisers from Air New Zealand and the NZ Council effectively confirmed those rules applied here, by saying: “Whenever President Obama undertakes private engagements, one of the conditions is that they’re closed to public reporting.”
Mr Obama’s office – those lucky enough to get invited – have been advised told to keep quiet as well, saying “participants can confirm they are invited to an event with the former President if they want to, but they should decline interviews until after the event by referring any press enquiries to the Obama Foundation”.

During his trip he might play at Tara Iti golf course, rated by golf bible Golfer’s Digest as the sixth best course in the world. It is just outside of Mangawhai in Northland, and is extremely private – the perfect place for a Commander-in Chief turned ‘Golfer-in-Chief’.
One golf partner is certain – Sir John Key, perhaps alongside his son, Max.
Mr Obama has time for two rounds of golf when he visits, with all day on Wednesday and up until Thursday afternoon free.
But while it is a special – it does not come cheap. Mr Obama’s speaking fee is said to be US$400,000 (NZ$550,000).

Despite this, when it comes to Mr Obama – it’s not so much yes we can – but “no we can’t”.
The other likely spot to be visited is the Kauri Cliffs near Matauri Bay – and the perfect place to stay, The Landing, is the definition of luxury accomodation.
Most of the Obama visit is in the “neither confirm ofdeny” category.
He will meet the Prime Minister, but there will be no questions allowed – and there will be no media coverage at his event for the US-NZ Council and major sponsor Air New Zealand on Thursday night.
It is not a speech, but what is called a “moderated conversation” – the format favoured by both him and wife Michelle Obama.
One group will get direct access on Friday morning – some young Māori women from a group called Wahine Toa – or “women of power”, which fits the Obama Foundation’s mission to develop young leaders.
It is organised by Nancy Gilbert, the wife of former Ambassador Mark Gilbert, who is a personal friend of Mr Obama.


Martin Harris

I have a lovely partner and 3 very active youngsters. We live in the earthquake ravaged Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch, New Zealand. I began commenting/posting on Uncensored back in early 2012 looking for discussion and answers on the cause and agendas relating to our quakes. I have always maintained an interest in ancient mysteries, UFOs, hidden agendas, geoengineering and secret societies and keep a close eye on current world events. Since 2013 I have been an active member of theCONTrail.com community, being granted admin status and publishing many blogs and discussion threads. At this time I'm now helping out with admin and moderation duties here at Uncensored where my online "life" began.

5 thoughts on “Extensive media ban for Obama’s NZ visit

  1. Bath house Barry coming to NZ at the equinox around 3/22, inner ear problems and vertigo for myself for the last week, an Orion flying low into ChCh 2 days ago and yesterday an Air Force 757, maybe a jaunt to Antarctica. Then we have Killary on May day! RED ALERT!

    1. Not the only person to complain about vertigo etc.JJ
      The orion ANd a C130 came low over my home over the last weekend.
      Unmarked white planes (757 400) at Harewood and I’m sure a trip to Antarctica is involved.
      Good to see someone else is onto this JJ, thanks!

  2. wtf …. why is no one talking about this in real terms? He’s after a piece of land in NZ to live out the rest of his days. He is on the run from dodgy doings with the Democrats … can’t get a place anywhere else in the world. Why is the taxpayer fronting the bill for this? That’s right, the mobile-friendly news doesn’t think there is anything wrong. For god-sakes people, make some fucken noise

  3. So the New Zealand council and Air New Zealand can make the law as to freedom of speech and the freedom of the press and no questions allowed… So New Zealand democracy is put on hold. And the press are not allowed to post to their own social media sites… Why should our rights be infringed upon ..

    1. I agree with these comments guys. Can’t believe the apathy. American presidents love to waffle on about “Freedom” (cue yahoos and cheers) and yet here’s Barry insisting on secrecy and New Zealand kowtowing subserviently. Sickening. One rule for all I say. By accepting this we open the door to other Elite visitors insisting on secrecy during their visits.

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