Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Mana's Peter Cleave Takes Exception To Banks' Comments

Mana's Peter Cleave Takes Exception To Banks' Comments

Dr Peter Cleave, Mana, Rangitikei today took exception to the comments made by John Banks, Act candidate for Epsom currently circulating on the internet. Banks talks about Maori and Polynesian people on the dole at home watching pornography and planning burglaries.

‘Why do we have to put up with this sort of nonsense?’ asked Dr Cleave in an internet posting today. ’This is outrageous behaviour. Not only is the New Zealand public having to watch an abuse of MMP as they are seeing with

Act and National in Epsom with the patently false standing of a National candidate there, we have a former Mayor of Auckland making an awful spectacle of himself.’

Dr Cleave wondered why this kind of comment was not being censured by the Race Relations Office.

‘Banks would not get away with this in some other countries,’ he said.

‘Why are we putting up with this kind of silliness here? New Zealand used to be known as a place of fair play and balance. Here we have an established politician making a prat of himself in a gerrymandered electorate and being endorsed by the Prime Minister over a cup of tea!

How could our image possibly be further tarnished?’

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Erebus Memorial In Parnell

Social media can be a wonderful tool for bringing people together in a common cause. It can also be a seedbed and spreader of mis-information on a community-wide scale. To which category do the protests against the siting of an Erebus memorial (to the 257 New Zealanders who died in that tragedy) in a secluded corner of a Parnell park happen to belong? IMO, it is clearly the latter, and the reasons for thinking so are explained below... More>>


National: Proposed Hate Speech Laws A Step Too Far

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “The reforms are supposedly including protections to every ... More>>


Agriculture: Government To Phase Out Live Exports By Sea

The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high ... More>>


Norman Gemmell: New Zealand’s New Housing Policy Is Really Just A New Tax Package — And It’s A Shambles

Norman Gemmell , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Economists like to talk about “optimal policy instruments” — essentially, policies that achieve their objectives more effectively or efficiently than the alternatives, and ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>


Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>




InfoPages News Channels