Peters still chuckling over joke branded racist

Winston Peters is refusing to apologise for a joke about Chinese that has been labelled shameful and racist.

"As they say in Beijing, two Wongs don't make a white," the New Zealand First leader said in a speech yesterday.

He was talking about National and Labour having both sold land to foreigners.

Mr Peters thinks the joke was funny.

"The truth is the Chinese guy in Beijing told me that. And he thought it was funny. And I still think it's funny," Mr Peters told ONE News today.

But the Race Relations Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy, doesn't see the humour.

"I think it's extraordinarily offensive. And I think it's not a joke, it's not funny. And I think Winston and others actually need to move beyond that," she said.

Mr Peters responded: "If that's all she's got to do, she better find a new job."

Unfortunately for Mr Peters, the joke's origins do him no favours. It was first used in 1947 by an Australian MP who was also a keen supporter of Australia's whites only immigration policy. And just as it did 70 years ago, the joke's still ruffling feathers.

"He has sprayed and walked away hasn't he. I mean, you know, he leaves a terrible xenophobic stench every time he actually opens his mouth. It's election year," said Melissa Lee, a National ethnic Asian list MP.

Mr Peters referred yesterday to Mr Key as "Mr Spray and Walk Away", in reference to a television ad featuring an Asian presenter.

National ethnic Asian list MP, Dr Jian Yang, says the New Zealand Chinese community will feel offended.

Act deputy leader Kenneth Wang also expressed outrage.

"I think it's very sad and very pathetic that Peters, he has to resort to this cheap and racist attack."

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The New Zealand First leader’s joke has been labelled shameful and racist. Source: 1 NEWS


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Jacinda Ardern defends New Zealand against sexism claims during CNN interview

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has defended New Zealand against claims that the nation is sexist during a CNN interview that took place overnight in New York.

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour said she was amazed by “some of the incredible sexism” that Ms Ardern had received from the country’s media, saying it was particularly "extraordinary" given that NZ was the first county to give women the vote.

That series of questions prompted the Prime Minister to offer a passionate defence of New Zealand’s record with equality.

“I would absolutely classify as being incredibly progressive the fact that I am the third female Prime Minister, she said. “I never ever grew up as a young woman believing that my gender would stand in the way of doing anything I wanted.

A CNN interviewer was amazed by “some of the incredible sexism” Ms Ardern had received. Source: 1 NEWS

“I credit New Zealand for that. I credit the environment. I credit those women who went before me and credit New Zealanders as well -the fact that they did welcome the fact that I had a child in office. The positivity far outweighed the negativity.

“I’m deeply proud of where we are as a nation.”

While she encouraged criticism and challenging questions as part of a “robust democracy”, Ms Ardern did say she found it tricky dealing with criticism that could be construed as sexist.

“We (politicians) should be open to criticism, we should be open to be challenged,” she said.

“It becomes tricky if you ever try to partition off what might be seen as sexist criticism. To be honest, I just don’t engage. The best way I can rebel against those notions is being competent, good at my job.”

From New York, the PM also announced a big funding boost for the Pacific. Source: 1 NEWS

The Prime Minister also explained during the interview that she wasn’t aware that baby Neve was on the floor of the UN General Assembly, but she hoped that she could normalise having children in the workplace.

“To find that she (Neve) was there on the general assembly floor, and there’s actually an image that captures the moment when I see her there and…it was just delightful to see her there,” she said.

“I think what it speaks to is that I am still breastfeeding, I have Neve near me most of the time. It’s not always obvious that she’s in close proximity to me most of the time.

“I want to normalise it. There are logistical challenges.”

The prime minister said she was proud of an "incredibly progressive" NZ as after the CNN interviewer suggested she’d faced "incredible sexism" at home since giving birth in office. Source: CNN

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Ardern says she didn't laugh with other world leaders during Trump's UN speech

While members of the UN General Assembly laughed at US President Donald Trump's speech this morning, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has stated she wasn't one of them.

Ms Ardern spoke to media after a busy day in New York, where the US President spoke to the United Nations about Iran and boasted of his administration's success since taking office.

The latter saw some members break into laughter, forcing Mr Trump to stop and acknowledge he "wasn't expecting" such a reaction.

But Ms Ardern said she wasn't one of the one's amused by the comments.

The Prime Minister has been busy at the UN and doing interviews in New York. Source: Breakfast

"You'd have to ask some of the people that responded," she said when asked if the UN was laughing at or with the President.

"I didn't laugh. I was listening to the words being spoken... The President made a statement around his view around his success relative to past presidents.

"For me, I was respecting the fact he had the floor and what he had to say."

The UN general assembly found the US President's boasting entertaining. Source: Associated Press

When asked if she agreed with Mr Trump's statements, the Prime Minister said she acknowledged the "significant" financial support from the US.

"Each president will take their own view of their relative position in history. It's not for me to judge. It's for the American people to judge."

Ms Ardern is due to speak at the UN later this week and said she'll take a different approach.

"New Zealanders, as self-deprecating as we are, never tend to talk about ourselves in particularly grandeur statements. I certainly wouldn't.

"I think it's up to our voters to determine our place in history."

The Prime Minister said it's up to Americans, not her, to decide how truthful the President's speech was. Source: 1 NEWS

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Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump discuss Neve, Korea and tariffs during UN chat

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has briefly spoken with US President Donald Trump this morning while the pair attended the United Nations.

Both Ms Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford attended a Manhattan function put on by Mr Trump last night before the Kiwi leader posed for a photo with her American opposite.

The two then had a brief conversation.

From New York, the PM also announced a big funding boost for the Pacific. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Trump took time to congratulate Ms Ardern on the birth of daughter Neve while she acknowledged his political efforts in the Korean Peninsula.

Ms Ardern also used the short conversation as a chance to promote the work of New Zealand and US officials on the lifting of steel and aluminium tariffs.

The pair were in the UN General Assembly as the general debate got underway this morning but their paths didn't cross again.

The UN general assembly found the US President's boasting entertaining. Source: Associated Press

The Prime Minister sat during Mr Trump's 30-minute speech this morning in which he spoke about Iran and the International Criminal Court. He was also left speechless after the General Assembly laughed at his claims about his administration's successes.

"I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK," he said.

The Prime Minister has been busy at the UN and doing interviews in New York. Source: Breakfast


Trump says boastful UN speech was 'meant to get some laughter' from world leaders

US President Donald Trump highlighted US gains under his watch as he opened his address to the UN General Assembly - and it got him a laugh from the audience.

President Trump told leaders from around the world this morning the American economy is "booming like never before" and his administration has accomplished more in less than two years than almost any other administration.

The president told reporters that his speech to the UN was great and has been well received as he left the UN General Assembly. Source: Reuters

His boast elicited laughter from the scores of heads of state and delegates in the audience for the speech.

Mr Trump responded by saying, "I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK".

The Prime Minister said it's up to Americans, not her, to decide how truthful the President's speech was. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Trump says the US is a "stronger, safer and richer country" than when he took office in January 2017.

He added: "We are standing up for America and for the American people, and we are also standing up for the world."

The UN general assembly found the US President's boasting entertaining. Source: Associated Press


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