Organizers of the Laneway Festival have introduced a new safe zone for women after a journalist was harassed on live TV last year.
The annual music event hit the headlines when two drunken men barged in on television reporter Kim Vinnell during a live cross. The men touched Vinnell and swore at her.
At the time, Vinnell’s boyfriend Richie Hardcore used the incident to slam the “two boys who thought it would be cool to grope her, get in her space and yell (a) sexually aggressive phrase.”
In a statement released by the festival, Laneway organisers have announced the introduction of a “women’s safe space” for this year’s event, taking place on Monday as part of the Auckland Anniversary long weekend.
The statement didn’t acknowledge last year’s incident with Vinnell, or say whether the safe zone was a direct result.