Steven Price

My book

Media Minefield

Guide to NZ Media Law

Official Information Act

Official Information Act

Bill of Rights Act

Media law resources

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My professional services

As specialist in media law, I offer advice and representation on issues affecting speech, and in a particular:

Areas of law

I am available to present seminars on media law topics. I have twelve years’ teaching experience, lecturing in media law and privacy at Victoria University, and have given seminars and presentations for the New Zealand Journalists Training Organisation, the New Zealand Law Society, the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand, Lexis Nexis Media Law and Information Law symposia, and various news organisations and journalism and publishing classes.

In the past, topics have included:

Media law experience

After graduating from Victoria University with a first-class honours degree in law, I was a staff solicitor at Wellington law firm Kensington Swan for about three years. Much of my work there was for TVNZ consumer watchdog Fair Go, including broadcasting standards, contempt of court, defamation, and privacy. I also worked on Official Information Act and censorship issues.

I vetted Nicky Hager’s last three books, Seeds of Distrust, The Hollow Men, and Other People’s Wars and represented him during the injunction proceedings that delayed the release of The Hollow Men.

I acted for Anne Hunt in her successful appeal against a decision of the High Court to destroy her book, Broken Silence, for breach of confidence and contempt of Court.

I have acted for complainants in a number of leading Broadcasting Standards cases, including a successful complaint for the Ministry of Health against a Qantas award winning documentary.

I have provided advice to clients on a range of media law issues including defamation, privacy, contempt, official information, copyright, and breach of confidence.

My book, Media Minefield, is the culmination of several years’ research into the Broadcasting Standards Authority, the Press Council and other laws affecting the media.

Contact details:

Phone: 04 463 6336 (work)

Mobile: 022 026 2997

Fax: 04 463 6365



School of Law

Victoria University of Wellington

PO Box 600


Note that as a barrister sole, I can only be instructed through a solicitor.