Tyson is 'a reformed mongrel' - Jackson
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 6:04p.m.
By Adam Ray
Mike Tyson's trip to New Zealand may be back on again after all. Willie Jackson's sticking his neck out to bring Tyson here, a day after the Life Education Trust – with its mascot Harold the Giraffe – rejected him
Tyson is a former heavyweight boxing champ but he's also a convicted rapist.
Mr Jackson, who heads the Urban Maori Authority, admits Tyson is “a bit of a mongrel” but says he is a reformed man who'll offer hope to many in South Auckland.
“He has been down a troubled path,” he says. “If he can inspire and support some of the things we're involved with, that would be great.”
Rape support groups say they are happy for men to be role models, but they're not happy to put Tyson up as one.
“What we should be saying is that regardless of how long it's been, you have done this and you shouldn't be allowed here and we shouldn't make exceptions just because people are famous,” says Rape Crisis spokeswoman Georgia Knowles.
Tyson's original visa was revoked yesterday after the Life Education Trust said one of its staff members was wrong to send a letter of support.
His promoter says he's visited more than a dozen countries since his release from prison.
If Tyson does make it here, his visit will last just 20 hours – long enough to raise plenty of money. His team is offering $60,000 to charity
“If they offered it, we'd take it,” says Mr Jackson, “but our support was conditional on him coming and delivering a message to South Auckland”.
Once submitted, the visa application will go to Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson. But she's just rejected Tyson after initially approving him, and Labour says it would be an unprecedented move for his visa to be granted again.
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11/10/2012 10:54:01 a.m.
I DIDNT DO IT YALL
8/10/2012 1:22:00 a.m.
i cant think who would want to see mike tyson for a start off,and why would nz even consider having him in nz,hes such a great role model TUI AD YEAH RIGHT
8/10/2012 12:30:36 a.m.
You all complain and moan but are any of you doing anything to try and help these young guys in NZ. Change comes by taking action and sometimes what may seem wrong can have a great result. Why is it that all we ever want to do is just punish people. Life is tough and bad things happen but if all we ever do is be mean, angry and full of hate then all we promote is the same. We stay on the same merrigo round complaining about the same problems.
7/10/2012 3:50:20 p.m.
Val Morrison wrote:
Havn't we got enough 'Mongrels' of our own without bringing this one into our country to show off.....willie jackson, what planet are you from???
5/10/2012 2:17:26 p.m.
So you think a convicted rapist is a great role model? Yeah right!!
5/10/2012 6:34:52 a.m.
Hey Jackson, boo-hoo! No damn loss as far as I can see also. Keep him out, lets see NZ be as tough as the US and turn him back at the boarder.
4/10/2012 8:14:18 p.m.
Weep, weep. So we don't get to see an aging rapist with brain damage visit the country - not a loss as far as I can see.
4/10/2012 8:12:05 p.m.
this low life could not be allowed in our countrylook at the big picture he is not sorryeven the word sorry would not be enoughwhy are we even thinking about breaking the rules for there are better people out therejust look harder
4/10/2012 7:29:41 p.m.
Its mongrels like this that the youth of south auckland look up to already and look how well thats turned out. Dont compromise his victims or nzers for a paltry 60 grand. Grow up Willie.
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