The imperative to get the news and get it first sometimes has to be put on hold.
The interviewer on TV3 did his best to get some of the names of the miners trapped in the Pike River mine from those he was interviewing this morning. All have held firm because their families want privacy.
That should be respected.
There aren’t many degrees of separation in New Zealand so many will know people, or know people who know people, who may be among those trapped.
But our understandable interest in the names must come second to the needs and wishes of the families and rescuers.
The media have a right to keep us up to date with what’s happening but they should respect the decision not to identify the miners and families.
West Coast MP Chris Auchinvole told the interviewer that he and the Ministers, Gerry Brownlee and Kate Wilkinson who had come to the Coast, were there to help but keeping out of the way until needed.
They recognise there is a time to hold back and the media should too.