TVNZ claim Paul Henry says what we are all quietly thinking
Henry apology rejected
TV presenter Paul Henry was under increasing pressure last night over comments he made about Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand, with a dozen complaints and the Race Relations Commissioner saying an apology from him did not go far enough.
Henry has said sorry for comments he made yesterday on TVNZ's Breakfast show that suggested Sir Anand's successor should look and sound more like a New Zealander.
Henry made the comments while questioning Prime Minister John Key.
"Are you going to choose a New Zealander who looks and sounds like a New Zealander this time ... Are we going to go for someone who is more like a New Zealander this time?"
Mr Key seemed taken aback and said that Sir Anand was a New Zealander.
About 3.30pm, TVNZ issued a statement in Henry's name apologising to the Governor-General "for any offence I may have caused".
TVNZ said it had received a dozen complaints and a formal process was under way. Henry would continue his hosting duties, including This Is Your Life this weekend.
But Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres said last night that the apology was not good enough, and should be aimed at all New Zealanders.
TVNZ's explanation over this is unbelievable, they have defended Paul by saying he says what people are quietly thinking’! What people? Who are these people? Are you meaning bigots? Paul Henry says what bigots are thinking and that’s okay?
TVNZ went onto say that they would only react against Paul Henry IF there were complaints, TVNZ however have no intention of reprimanding him unless there is a complaint, so TVNZ stands by asking the Prime Minister to appoint a Governor-General who looks more like a NZer? That’s deemed acceptable by TVNZ is it?
What does Paul Henry have to do to get a reprimand by TVNZ?
Burn the flag? Strangle a native wood pigeon? Spit on Neil Finn?
Paul Henry is a former National Party candidate whose glorified handjobs which pass as interviews with Government Ministers are always eye rolling and his ability to offend every minority group seems pathological.
How is this allowed on our Public Broadcaster? Why has TVNZ decided that what Rednecks think is suddenly what they should broadcast and focus on?
Paul Henry needs to go and TVNZ need to apologize for allowing him to continue offending NZers.
Paul Henry was born in Auckland, but moved when he was 11 to Bristol to live in England but the Governor-General was born and raised in Auckland - so by Paul Henry's own definition, the Governor-General is more of a New Zealander than Paul Henry is!
Paul Henry does Broadcasting a disservice and he disservices us all as NZers.