Michael Field

Veteran journalist Michael Field has spent much of his career in the South Pacific. His books have included Mau (the history of Samoa's independence movement), Speight of Violence (Fiji's 2000 coup) and Swimming with Sharks, a collection of tales of the Pacific. His latest book, The Catch, was on the scandal of the global and New Zealand fishing fleets. He was born in Wellington on the day Hillary reached Mt Everest's peak.

Tony Veitch Appears In Auckland District Court on April 16, 2009. (Photo: Getty)

Tony Veitch’s decade in denial

Michael Field covered Tony Veitch's original trial and reported on the release of his police file. He writes that the broadcaster's column yesterday was just another instance of his abdicating responsibility for his actions.