TVNZ didn't put out a media statement about it (view their statement archive here).
NZPA's article on the Herald website, partly reproduced in the News Briefs in their print edition today, went up yesterday at 6.35pm. I couldn't find any news mentioning the matter on the Stuff website, or any media statements on Scoop.
How did NZPA know that it was timely to approach TVNZ for comment?
I posted about it yesterday morning at 8.12am (having written the post on the weekend). Was The Hand Mirror first to this story? (And if so does that post join the growing list of news stories journalists are sourcing from blogs without acknowledgement?)
Quite open to any other explanation that readers who have more knowledge of the media may care to share...