Tamihere comment targets hit back
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 6:17p.m.
By Tova O'Brien
Within hours of being allowed back into the Labour Party, John Tamihere was already shooting his mouth off, calling the Social Development Minister "that bloody fat girl".
It has forced Paula Bennett's arch-rival to stand with the minister and other women in the Labour Party to condemn Mr Tamihere, with Ms Bennett herself slinging mud right back.
Carmel Sepuloni lost the Waitakere electorate to Ms Bennett by just nine votes last election. Now she's empathising with her rival after Mr Tamihere called the minister "that bloody fat girl".
“At the end of the day I'm a plus-size girl myself, so I don't have anything to say about that,” says Ms Sepuloni.
Mr Tamihere's indicated he's keen to take Ms Sepuloni's place for Labour and run in Waitakere in 2014. Ms Bennett's unfazed.
“He probably should zip it,” she says.
And she says he's no threat.
“He's a failed politician, that's what he is. I suppose he sees someone who's considerably younger than him and female and sees that as some kind of threat, and who's had a more successful career than he has to date.”
Mr Tamihere left Parliament in 2005, not before infamously his calling colleagues "front bums" and "queers". 3 News wanted to know, why all the slurs?
“I don't have a problem with gay people,” says Mr Tamihere. “I have a problem with gay marriage.”
When asked about sexism, he responded, “What is that? I'm a man, you're a woman”.
Mr Tamihere wasn't happy with the 3 News line of questioning. He used his talkback show to say as much.
“Hey Tova, go jump in the lake, you stupid little girl.”
Since his acceptance back into Labour, two of the party's MPs have called him a misogynist on Twitter. Nanaia Mahuta says his past comments don't gel with the party.
“It doesn't, but John Tamihere's a radio presenter and he'll say anything to get a soundbite, and the more controversial the better for him.”
They say any publicity is good publicity, and Mr Tamihere is certainly drumming up it up one way or another. But with Labour MPs publicly speaking out against him already, his chances of getting selected to run in 2014 may be getting slimmer.
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11/12/2012 10:55:15 a.m.
his mouth got him in trouble last time(even though he spoke the truth)and he is doing it again,he cannot stop himself......but i still like him?
4/12/2012 10:22:18 p.m.
just love it ,Shearer cant get any support,then they let this niller back.Talk about masterminding your own demise!!
4/12/2012 7:26:12 p.m.
While I get that "girl" can be considered patronising, it's hardy misogynistic. And it doesn't seem like he's suggesting the guys can't be fat, little or stupid.
4/12/2012 9:51:38 a.m.
It's the Labour Party, not the Whingeing Menopausal Male Inadequate Populist Party. Tamaki Makarau saved the rest of us from this character when it quite justifiably dumped him from Parliament.
4/12/2012 9:42:24 a.m.
This video was more revealing about TV 3 then JT.
Look at the heading.Look at the interviewer Toba O'Brian who didn't ask one decent question when she ambushed JT at the Radio Live Studios.The only questions she asked were those designed to reinforce liberal views of Conservative minded folk,and to remind anyone with conservative views they will be dealt to by the liberal media.
But were are the tv three bosses.Do they consider this good journalism?Nothing wrong with questioning JT's beliefs-but where's the context??????
4/12/2012 6:41:32 a.m.
Phil Murray wrote:
Ill vote for John thanks.Sepuloni step aside.
4/12/2012 1:55:35 a.m.
There go Labour's projected poll stats wrote:
National couldn't hope for a better party saboteur.
3/12/2012 11:31:51 p.m.
Ha ha, Well something different has to happen. About time a "man" stood up.
3/12/2012 9:15:26 p.m.
i no longr have respect nor confidence in mr tamihere...his comments are neither proffessional, intelligent and not acceptable workplace...
3/12/2012 7:37:27 p.m.
This is great...labour imploding...leadership 2nd round in feb and now tamihere being the 'real bloke, and saying how it is' upsetting the lesbians and gays...lovely...pass the pop corn!
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