March 23, 2023
Ngarewa-Packer pots Posie Parker pollution
Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says Aotearoa doesn’t need UK anti-transgender provocateur Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, also known as Posie Parker.
Keen-Minshull achieved public notoriety in 2018 for using social media posts, billboards and other channels to attack transgender charities and laws and policies that allow transgender people to be legally recognised as their gender.
Her Australian appearances in Melbourne and Hobart were marked by support from neo-Nazi groups and noisy counter-protests.
She’s due to arrive here tomorrow for appearances at Let Women Speak events in Auckland and Wellington, after Immigration New Zealand said there were no legal grounds to prevent her coming.
Ms Ngarewa Packer says bigotry and hate speech have been a shameful part of New Zealand’s history towards Māori, and it shouldn’t be tolerated when directed towards other groups.
“Shamefully I also think this is a consequence of a Government that has back-pedalled on hate speech and anything that is going to bring out controversy until the election so I don’t think we need that kind of trash on our shores and we’re anti-pollution,” she says.
Ms Ngarewa-Packer says if Māori had a say in Immigration they would be more forceful about which manuhiri could come in.