Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - B NGAPEKE One­hunga

Mr Wil­lie Jack­son in his col­umn (Auck­land City Har­bour News, May 16) claims that Tame Iti is a “good bloke”.

So let’s look at the facts:

Tame Iti struck an un­armed man in the face with a ta­iaha – that makes him vi­o­lent.

Tame Iti spat at MPs – that makes him, in any­one’s lan­guage, a pig.

Tame Iti is work­ing pro-ac­tively to­ward a Maori-only gov­ern­ment in New Zealand – that makes him a racist.

There­fore by def­i­ni­tion isn’t Tame Iti a vi­o­lent, racist pig? Per­haps not such a good bloke af­ter all.

Mr Jack­son at­tempts to use hu­mour to down­play Tame Iti’s nu­mer­ous crim­i­nal and an­ti­so­cial ac­tions and val­ues. This seems to in­di­cate that he shares Iti’s dis­re­gard for the law and com­mon de­cency.

I sus­pect how­ever that his re­peated defence of Iti’s wrong-do­ings has more to do with an al­le­giance of agenda ie: Maori sovereignty in New Zealand.

The Auck­land City Har­bour News has been a pro­moter of com­mu­nity spirit and har­mony for main­stream Ki­wis over many years.

Why then has Mr Jack­son been given a weekly col­umn where he is able to es­pouse his ex­trem­ist racial and po­lit­i­cal views which pro­mote dis­sent in our com­mu­nity?

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