Winston's 'two Wongs' joke makes international headlines

The "two Wongs" joke by Winston Peters is making headlines around the world.

Winston Peters Source: 1 NEWS

The New Zealand First leader is refusing to apologise for the joke about Chinese that has been labelled shameful and racist.

During a speech on Sunday, Mr Peters told a meeting "As they say in Beijing, two Wongs don't make a white".

The South China Morning Post, The Rakyat Post and The Australian were among international media who reported on the story of what they called the 'under-fire New Zealand lawmaker'.

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.

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.