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POLL: Which NZ news outlets have the most/least trustworthy weather coverage?

Some news outlets nail it when we have a storm coming in, others get caught up in hype and some barely cover the weather.

Weather news stories frequently dominate the news ratings and since came on the scene back in 2005 there have been significant changes to the way some media cover news stories.

“There are now far less leading news stories about Fiordland receiving rain warnings” jokes head weather analyst Philip Duncan.  “There was a time when all warnings made the headline news, now it’s the ones that are more relevant to the public – this is how it should be as it minimises false alarms and gives the right amount of weight for particular warnings”. works well with the mainstream media – and small media outlets – and have a history of providing news or interviews to almost all main news outlets at one time or another.

So we want to know, outside of, which news media outlets do you trust to have the best weather coverage? 

We rate them on the following:

  • Accuracy – are their stories reflecting what the weather outlets are actually saying?
  • Hype – nothing wrong with passionate coverage but sometimes coverage can be over the top.
  • Honest Headlines – is the headline honest?  Does it mislead or does it match the story?
  • Sources – How many weather sources are quoted?  Good news organisations use more than one source.
  • Speed – Do you rely on them to deliver fast weather news?

We’ve taken the more mainstream news outlets for you to chose from – they are in random order below

*PLEASE NOTE* – you can vote for up to 3 media outlets for each poll

THIS POLL IS BEING RE-PUBLISHED to get more votes – if you have already voted you cannot vote again.

Votes will be released at the end of the year through a news story we will put together.


Which news outlets have the BEST weather news coverage?

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Which news outlets have the WORST weather news coverage?


sw on 31/07/2012 2:34am

Voted the 3 papers for the best,its written for the main reason though some of the websites can be ok too.TV’s the worst because though daily one’s presenter is a comedian and tv3s is like a script with the current conditions in the middle the top,eastside westside,the top of the SI etc.

Guest on 15/05/2012 7:43pm

Only ever really follow from the web and there it’s Weather Watch and Met Service.
Never read the papers other then on-line and then don’t bother with their weather because of above.
Watch TV1 and TV3, with some Prime. Watch TV1 for laughs and the other two because they’re so missable.

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