There's been a whole heap of news coverage of the wintry storm that has descended on New Zealand this week.
It led the six o'clock news bulletins of both TVNZ and TV3 last night. There were stories about traffic foul-ups, farmers putting out feed for the animals on snow covered fields - the usual stories that the mainstream media dishes up on occasions like this.
They like to present this kind of stuff as the whole nation mucking in to fight a common enemy - the weather.
But the television cameras have stayed away from the eastern suburbs of Christchurch because that narrative doesn't fit where I live. Where are the stories about people freezing in damaged homes and garages? Why are the mainstream media not demanding to know why people are still living like this, three years after the quakes? Why are they not asking why people in the eastern suburbs are being forced to endure a third winter living in shocking conditions?
Why are Gerry Brownlee and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) being allowed to get away with it?
The dismal coverage of the plight of folk in the eastern suburbs was there for all to see on TV3's six o'clock news show.
TV3 sent weather presenter (and journalist) Ingrid Hipkiss to present its coverage of the snow storm from picturesque Hanmer Springs, eighty miles north-east of Christchurch. It was all very charming, with people building a snowman behind Hipkiss while she spoke to camera. But it was a million miles away from what many people are enduring in suburbs like Aranui and New Brighton.
Why wasn't Hipkiss out in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch showing the rest of the country the appalling conditions that many people are living in? Why did TV3 send Hipkiss to Hanmer - a small town that was untouched by the quakes, where people happily build snowmen?