No white man is an island

I’ve tried to avoid the spat from Waiheke Island involving ‘mad Butcher’ Peter Leitch and Lara Wharepapa Bridger, who posted a video on Facebook. This was picked up in social media and by mainstream media in a slow news period furore, with claims of racism and many other things flying around in the fray.

It has probably been stirred up for another day at least by the Race Relations commissioner, with a Dame supporting a Sir.

Sir Peter Leitch ‘the least racist person I know’ – Devoy

Sir Peter Leitch is under fire for his comments that Waiheke Island was a “white man’s island”, but the Race Relations commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy, says he is the least racist person she knows.

Sir Peter allegedly told a woman of Māori ancestry that Waiheke Island was a “white man’s island” and that she should get off it.

In a now-removed video on her Facebook page, 23-year-old Lara Wharepapa Bridger cried as she described the incident with Sir Peter.

She said he approached her and her whānau and started talking, before telling her Waiheke Island was a white man’s island.

Sir Peter said he was extremely disappointed she misinterpreted some light-hearted banter.

Dame Susan said she knew Sir Peter personally and it was unlikely his comments were meant to offend.

“I know he’s the least racist person I know in the world and yet what he said was obviously taken as offence by that young woman.

“But I wasn’t there and I wasn’t part of the conversation.

“It’s grown real legs, hasn’t it?”

More angry fingers and arm waving than legs.

Dame Susan said Sir Peter often used light-hearted banter, which could be misinterpreted.

“The last thing he would have wanted in the world was to offend someone, I know that.

“Let’s not forget he’s done a lot of great work in terms of race relations in New Zealand – providing opportunity and building bridges between different cultures.

“I think it’s generational and culturally different these days and he’s probably licking his wounds today.”

Dame Susan said what was acceptable 40 years ago was not now.

“We at the Commission launched a campaign about casual racism, getting people to stand up and address it.”.

A problem with ‘casual racism’ is that it’s easy to say things casually that can be picked up by others and misinterpreted and distorted and blown completely out of proportion to the original conversation.

I prefer to divert.

No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. [John Donne, first published 1624, original spelling and punctuation]

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44 Comments

  1. Noel

     /  5th January 2017

    Devoy should remember her position. She appears to be making a personal observation in defence of a friend. But open to interpretation. She should wait for the complaint and restrict her comments to that.or give the job to someone else.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  5th January 2017

    Drama queen meets opportunity.

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    • Pete Kane

       /  5th January 2017

      You would think that a man who has clearly made the most of an innate capacity to common sense (and generosity) would have thought a little better than look to Ms Boag. Still, one suspects European Pacific was not the Leach corporate model (despite any advice of the said Ms Boag).

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  3. Blazer

     /  5th January 2017

    Personal anecdote,totally devoid….of objectivity.Her office should be ..squashed.As for the Boaganator entering the fray with her ‘coffee coloured’ remark ,as a back up for the sad butcher,well…’.with friends like that………….

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  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  5th January 2017

    Leilani Tamu has her own take on Leitch. It’s based on personal observation:

    https://leilanitamu.com/2017/01/04/my-beef-with-the-mad-butcher/

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    • Blazer

       /  5th January 2017

      well said to her.Billys gambling habit was on a par with a heroin or P habit unfortunately.

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    • Gezza

       /  5th January 2017

      Very interesting & thought-provoking Joe.

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    • So it obviously wasn’t an isolated reaction to one off-the cuff comment – there’s a lot of history between Tamu and Leitch.

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      • Blazer

         /  5th January 2017

        thats what gives her viewpoint credibility,I’m sure you would agree.

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  5. Considering Devoy says things like, ” … and yet what he said was obviously taken as offence by that young woman … But I wasn’t there and I wasn’t part of the conversation.”

    and “”I think it’s generational and culturally different these days and he’s probably licking his wounds today.” … Dame Susan said what was acceptable 40 years ago was not now … “We at the Commission launched a campaign about casual racism, getting people to stand up and address it.”” …

    I’d say that as much or more as it being “stirred up for another day at least by the Race Relations commissioner” it has been stirred up for another day at least by the biased, polarising, conflict-generating media focus exemplified in the headline “Sir Peter Leitch ‘the least racist person I know’ – Devoy”

    Collectively we (some or perhaps many of us) want an ordinary, understandable, straightforward Constitution but when we get an ordinary, understandable, unpretentious Race Relations Commissioner-Concilliator we deride her.

    Remembering that it is part of the Human Rights Commission, the Office of RRC will be of great importance in the years to come. I believe it should a panel or tribunal of at least three people …

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    • Blazer

       /  5th January 2017

      ordinary?…hardly..would not have the gig.Understandable,unpretentious,….very kind…incompetent,and undiplomatic and at $4000 a week over paid.

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    • Gezza

       /  5th January 2017

      An Englishman, an Irishwoman and a Rangatira walked into the RRC office and immediately were attacked by the msm & social media for not being representative enough of the whole population …

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  6. Ray

     /  5th January 2017

    Other than the reported comment, Sir Peter’s big mistake was not claim he was Māori.
    Racist to question the Māoriness of anyone and judging by the past, a licence to say any racist thing you like. MOFO

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  7. Conspiratoor

     /  5th January 2017

    The best example of PR I ever saw was many years ago when a well known horseman was allegedly caught ‘riding the horse’ wearing nothing but suspenders and brandishing a horsewhip. The media tried desperately over a week or two to get the horseman’s story but nadda, just a deafening silence. The thing died a death and the horseman, well the rest is history

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  8. Pete Kane

     /  5th January 2017

    “NZ Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy flip-flops in Peter Leitch racism debate”

    This is what happens when the Government hires a ‘spokesperson’ who happens to be a person who is at there best when not speaking. Judith Collins should be fired for this appointment alone.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/88141355/mad-butcher-least-racist-person-i-know-nz-race-relations-commissioner

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  9. Klik Bate

     /  5th January 2017

    Hmmm……. o_O

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  5th January 2017

      Yet another drama queen with an opportunity.

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      • Blazer

         /  5th January 2017

        this link was provided a while ago in this thread.If you only read your own posts you will not be aware of this.

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        • Klik Bate

           /  5th January 2017

          For the same reason you buy ‘Playboy’, Blaze…..I only look at the pictures.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  5th January 2017

            If her father was a compulsive gambler and slept in a car to feed his habit, is that any outsider’s fault ? I read the link, and can’t see why Peter Leitch should be happy about this.

            My guess is that he is one of these blokes who indulges in heavy-handed humour. But the young woman who complained about him seems to have taken it all far too seriously. Yawn. She’s had her 15 minutes.

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            • Blazer

               /  5th January 2017

              That person knows the history of your old mate the madbutcher…The inner man.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  5th January 2017

              I know very little about the Mad Butcher except that he does annoying ads and I think that I’d find him annoying. But blaming someone else for one’s own weakness achieves nothing.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  6th January 2017

              I think that one of them is as annoying as the other. I am not overfond of either heavy-handed humour or drama queens.

          • Blazer

             /  5th January 2017

            Hey doll…I didn’t think playboy was still being published.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  5th January 2017

        Social media must be wonderful for attention seekers. What did such people do before ? Implode ?

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        • Gezza

           /  5th January 2017

          Streaking mainly, I think. And protesting, a bit.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  5th January 2017

            Oh yes, they call him the streak-look at that, look at that….he’s just as proud as he can be of his anatomy, he’s going to give us a peek….

            He’s always in the news, wearing just his tennis shoes !

            Remember rhe idiot who streaked a few years ago and lost the game for his team ? And the one, years ago, who had the cheek (:D) to try to claim assault when the batsman took to him with the bat and gave him something to remember him by ?

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            • Gezza

               /  5th January 2017

              I certainly remember the batsman. Talk about laugh, Raylene.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  5th January 2017

              Serve him right !

            • Pete Kane

               /  5th January 2017

              One Gregory Chapell? (although there are maybe/probably others)

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  5th January 2017

              Probably-I have a dim recollection of green and yellow uniforms-and the sight of the streaker being whacked on the bum with a cricket bat was unforgettable. One of the world’s funniest sporting moments.

              Another was a footballer in the UK who didn’t know that the television crew were in the changing room broadcasting interviews with his (winning) team live and came out of the shower and into the room stark naked with a big happy smile that changed to a look of horror when he realised that he was going out into all the livingrooms in the UK like that. It was hilarious and not remotely indecent 😀 It’s moments like these you need Minties !

          • Klik Bate

             /  5th January 2017

            Who remembers ‘batsmen’……what are ya ❗

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            • Gezza

               /  6th January 2017

              I believe possibly the correct term these days is batspersons.

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