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Franks: Piripi Must Go

Piripi Must Go

Maori Language Commission CEO Haami Piripi maybe completely unsuitable as a senior public servant, but his offence this week has been to breach principle against Labour - instead of politicking for political correctness, as he and his colleagues have been encouraged to do, ACT New Zealand Maori Affairs Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

"Earlier this week, I pointed out that Mr Piripi's bigoted response to Dr Elizabeth Rata called into his question his suitability for the job of promoting Maori language," Mr Franks said.

"Mr Piripi's response to Dr Rata's report made it plain that he was much more interested in separatist politics than korero.

"On Willie Jackson's `Eye To Eye' programme, Mr Piripi confined his arguments against Dr Rata to personal abuse. The important point for the Government to note was how openly political it was. He plainly thought it was okay to use `ACT' as a term of abuse, as well as the name Don Brash.

"Haami Piripi should go - along with all the other unelected separatist politicians on the State payroll as part of the Treaty industry. They infest Government departments.

"Mr Piripi may be a deserving scapegoat for this Government, but at least it would be a tiny start to restoring the principle that public servants must be a-political," Mr Franks said.

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