Identification, consequence?

LETTER

The disturbing allegation of a racist and seemingly genocidal comment by a Gisborne councillor has left many in the Maori and wider community asking when the council “process” will identify the person, so their colleagues are no longer “tarred” by it.

But more importantly, if this despicable comment was made, will the councillor be severely reprimanded by forcing them to step aside?

As we near the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Cook to Turanganui a Kiwa, racist and bigoted views will not and must not be tolerated — especially if those people hold responsibilities within council and the public service.

Joe Pihema

The disturbing allegation of a racist and seemingly genocidal comment by a Gisborne councillor has left many in the Maori and wider community asking when the council “process” will identify the person, so their colleagues are no longer “tarred” by it.

But more importantly, if this despicable comment was made, will the councillor be severely reprimanded by forcing them to step aside?

As we near the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Cook to Turanganui a Kiwa, racist and bigoted views will not and must not be tolerated — especially if those people hold responsibilities within council and the public service.

Joe Pihema

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Lara Meyer - 2 months ago
It has been over two weeks since the matter was raised. Surely the "internal investigation" has concluded by now? If not, why not? This was and is an extremely serious matter and we need to know the outcome.

Footnote from Ed: Deputy Mayor Rehette Stoltz has advised that a ?thorough and robust? Code of Conduct process is being worked through. The Conduct Review Board includes an independent board member ?to ensure integrity?, and it will prepare a report for consideration at a council meeting next Thursday. A statement will then be issued.

Martin Hanson - 2 months ago
Is there any reason why this councillor can't be named, so that the citizens of Gisborne could vote him or her off the council?

G R Webb - 2 months ago
Martin, the inquiry is in respect of the actions of both councillors.

Thelma Karaitiana - 2 months ago
Dear Sam Neill, are you still living in Australia? I seem to remember you come from NZ and I heard you might have bought a holiday house here. I read it in one of the glossy magazines, it seems a lot of celebrities buy holiday houses and farms here. I really enjoyed Jurassic Park and hope there is a fourth version. I just heard you are going to release a video about Cook being in Turanganui a Kiwa / Gisborne in 1769. Is your video for the government celebrations in 2019? I am hoping your video isn't another one of those versions, where Pakeha people do all the talking and the only mention of Maori is when they are being shot for being angry at someone taking their land. Same old, same old that, it's now a joke here, the shooting of Maori that is. It's weird that 249 years on and people still make a joke out of shooting Maori.

Sam, do you ever wonder why your celebrity face was brought into the "COOK 2019" thing? I think it's because of the sad adverts being put about by the NZ Government, I saw one ad and it's as boring as. Your face might help, I doubt it though, boring is boring.

Sam, did you know the main government here have a 249-year-old hangover, they got it from the House of Hanover in England? Anyway, the word is that when George Hanover was King, he sent Cook to kill indigenous people and claim their lands because the Papal Bull, (an epic name for the Pope) said if any land was not lived in by Christians, it was there to be "discovered". That Papal Bull was quite greedy I think, especially since there were people already living there. The real reason why Cook came to Turanganui a Kiwa in 1769 was to beat the Dutch and the French, who also wanted to claim us. There was a race on, and as you well know Sam, Cook got here first and he did exactly what George of the House of Hanover wanted, he claimed the lands of Ngai Tawhiri and by default the whole of New Zealand. So I thought if you're here for the celebration in 2019, you might want to have coffee and a chat. Let me know what you think Sam, you earn more than me, so your shout.

PS Before I sign off here's the latest, there are people in the Gisborne District Council building, who apparently have a joke which ends with "not enough (Maori) were killed". It's not looking good here Sam, you might want to cancel your video, the prejudice and all of that and lots of people harassing the poor editor of the local paper. Anyway, is that us Sam, coffee in 2019?

Judy Collie - 1 month ago
Thelma Karaitiana, just a small correction to part of your rambling letter to Sam Neil, the Papal Bull isn't an "epic" name for the Pope, it is as follows: A papal bull is a type of public decree, letters patent, or charter issued by a pope of the Roman Catholic Church. It is named after the leaden seal (bulla) that was traditionally appended to the end in order to authenticate it.

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