Racist call­ers

Auckland City Harbour News - - Opinion - DAVID CUN­LIFFE MP for New Lynn

The free trade agree­ment be­tween New Zealand and China, signed on April 7, is a cause for cel­e­bra­tion.

This is a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment for New Zealand and one that has been wel­comed by busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who recog­nise the benefi it will bring to both coun­tries.

So it has been dis­ap­point­ing to take a num­ber of calls ex­press­ing op­po­si­tion to the agree­ment at my New Lynn elec­torate of­fice.

Th­ese call­ers can only be de­scribed as racist. Their rea­sons for op­pos­ing the agree­ment boil down to noth­ing other than a dis­like of Chi­nese peo­ple gen­er­ally.

I am not op­posed to peo­ple hav­ing dif­fer­ing views to mine but I draw the line at racism.

I have al­ways been proud to rep­re­sent an elec­torate which prides it­self on be­ing eth­ni­cally di­verse and in­clu­sive. It is dis­ap­point­ing that a few peo­ple with xeno­pho­bic views are taint­ing west Auck­land’s rep­u­ta­tion as a for­ward-think­ing and in­clu­sive part of New Zealand.

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