All sorts of ructions as a Danish politician described the powhiri she experienced in NZ as “uncivilised” and “grotesque”. (Oddly enough she’s from a right-wing party, who would have guessed?)
So much so “ignorance as usual”, but then up cropped Colin Craig, leader our very own Conservative Party, to add a political angle:
Bare bottom welcomes ‘should be optional’
Traditional Maori welcomes for visitors should be optional because not all of them are impressed by “a bare bottomed native making threatening gestures”, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says.
Riiiiight. Quick to defend NZ culture and pour soothing oil on this troubled sea of offensive ignorance was newly minted Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy, who said:
That’s right – nothing at all, as far as I can tell. According to the wisdom of Twitter she has “no opinion” on the matter. So – does Susan Devoy intend to be our first ever invisible Race Relations Commissioner?