ACT: Donor's racist tirade 'offensive'
Mon, 21 May 2012 8:50a.m.
The ACT Party says anti-Maori comments by one of its wealthy backers are "offensive", but it respects his right to make the comments.
Invercargill businessman Louis Crimp says he donated $125,520 to ACT for last year's election so former ACT leader Don Brash and then-candidate John Banks, who is now the party's leader and only MP, would stop special treatment for Maori who were "either in jail or on welfare".
"I supported ACT because I thought Brash would go along the way for Maoris to be treated like equal New Zealanders ... they don't get any more than a normal New Zealander and we're all the same," he told the New Zealand Herald.
"I know white New Zealanders want the Maoris to be treated like ordinary New Zealanders."
Mr Crimp said he had met Mr Banks last week, and felt encouraged the MP, who is also a government minister, would pursue the same goals.
However, a spokeswoman for Mr Banks told the Herald he has never met Mr Crimp and did not share his views.
The pair spoke for the first time on the phone last week, she said.
ACT's president, Chris Simmons, said he found Mr Crimp's comments offensive, but it was not for him to judge whether they are racist.
"They're extreme and they don't represent the ACT Party's views at all," Mr Simmons told Radio New Zealand.
"Everybody has their own personal views and has the right to their personal views."
He said it would be up to ACT's board whether it accepted donations from Mr Crimp in future.
Race relations commissioner Joris de Bres says ACT needs to strongly condemn Mr Crimp's views.
"It behoves the party to do a little more than just say ... we support freedom of expression so we'll take money from anybody."
Mr de Bres says he has received one complaint about Mr Crimp's comments.
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6/07/2012 8:57:04 a.m.
I'm Maaori and proud of it. So there are Maaori on welfare and in the jail system, they aren't alone....there are also a number of Pakeha recieving welfare and in the jail system also.
I respect Crimp for his views because he is entilted to have his opinion and I respect him for been able to OPENLY speak his opinion also. However, that means he also has to accept my opinion too.
If Crimp feels so strongly about Maaori maybe he should be doing something positive to fix the situation other than pour gasoline on the flames....Be part of the solution and not the problem. Use that millionaire status of his to reduce Maaori jail time and welfare dependancy through providing jobs, education etc, open doorways and encourage independancy from govt handouts. I also suggest that he fund Pakeha that are also doing jail time and are welfare dependant as well....Let's be fair now.
If Crimp thinks that Maaori are priveledged and that they recieve 'special treatment'? I invite Crimp and people who have a similar opinion to educate themselves on the 'reality of been Maaori'.
'If you don't ask....you don't get'. Everybody within NZ has equal opportunity to apply for the same entitlements that Maaori do. If there are implements in place for 'Maaori only' that's because the NZ GOVT has implemented that policy for Maaori only. Another reality is that Maaori finance Maaori through IWI Trust, INDEPENDENT of NZ Govt finance. There are Maaori who have aspirations, Maaori who are dependent and Maaori who think thery're entitled....no different to Pakeha who also share the same beliefs.
23/05/2012 7:32:02 a.m.
Hugh Jorgan wrote:
I must be missing something here...What anti-Maori comments? Wanting all to be treated equally sounds fair and reasonable to me.
21/05/2012 8:36:45 p.m.
Crimp has been a controversial figure in Invercargill for many years. He is an oddball and best ignored.
21/05/2012 7:29:43 p.m.
Nah bro definitely racist!!Not all Maori are in Jail or on Welfare and most Maori have had to leave their homeland and go to Australia to be treated equally now thats realistic
21/05/2012 4:00:40 p.m.
Mr Crimp is correct
21/05/2012 2:37:54 p.m.
Hari Rapata wrote:
Louis Crimp is saying what he believes, nothing more nothing less. He has the right just as I do and any other NZ does.
I would like the powers to be to run a poll on his comments so we can get a indication of what people think.
21/05/2012 2:35:00 p.m.
Sounds fair to me. What is racist about wanting everyone to be treated equally?
21/05/2012 1:58:43 p.m.
And here is another complaint to add to it!! Dont take his money!! no matter what the cause!
21/05/2012 1:58:41 p.m.
genette ball wrote:
Well he is entitle to his opinion...He's just a rich mogo who thinks he can say what ever he wants and of course get away with it...Trying to incite the ppl with Anti maori sentiment...Theres not only maori on welfare..doesn't help that the media also love it good publicity...All I can say he's attacking the wrong ppl...it the government...
21/05/2012 12:07:22 p.m.
His view seem factual & with anti racial favouritism in mind. He's obviously a smart man with the best for new Zealand in mind
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