June 18, 2018
Action to help Maihi defamation
ActionStation is offering people a chance to help a Māori filmmaker defend herself from an attack by one of New Zealand’s richest men.
The community campaigns organisation has started a Givealittle page to cover the legal costs of Renae Maihi, who is being sued by Sir Bob Jones for defamation after she ran an online petition against his National business Review column proposing Waitangi Day be replaced with a day for Māori to show their gratitude to Pākeha for still existing.
The property mogul has also threatened to sue Waikato University academic Dr Leonie Pihama for describing the column as racist.
Otago University law professor Andrew Geddis says there are lots of examples of people calling Jones racist, but the targets of his defamation threats have been Māori wāhine who speak out strongly on te tino rangatiratanga.
ActionStation director Laura O’Connell Rapira says Jones is throwing huge sums of money at the fight, while Maihi is a grassroots filmmaker and mum.
You can visit the Givealittle fundraising page here: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/legal-fund-for-renae-maihi
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