Watch: Mike King says Sir Bob Jones' 'social filter is broken' after his 'Maori Gratitude Day' comments

Comedian Mike King says Sir Bob Jones' "social filter is broken" but he doesn't support a petition to strip the businessman and former politician of his knighthood after he wrote that a Maori Gratitude Day should be introduced in place of Waitangi Day.

In an opinion piece in the National Business Review, Sir Bob said that as there aren't any full-blooded Maori in existence if it hadn't been for migrants not a single Maori would exist today.

And he suggested a public holiday where Maori supply breakfast in bed and do other chores to show gratitude for their existence.

"We should introduce a new public holiday, Maori Gratitude Day, in place of the much disdained Waitangi Day," he wrote.

NBR removed the column, saying it was inappropriate.  

But an online petition has now been launched to strip Sir Bob of his knighthood.

Mike King says he thinks having Sir Bob's knighthood revoked "is just going a little step too far".

"I don't think anyone should take seriously what Bob is saying. He's like that doddery old uncle whose social filter is now broken and he's saying out loud what most people would keep inside," King told 1 NEWS.  

The column sparked a backlash online but King said: "I don't think anyone should be trolling him or giving him a hard time. What Bob really needs is our empathy and a warm bowl of custard."

For his part, Sir Bob is standing by his comments, saying he wrote a "perfectly factual thing" and maintained it's not racist.

He said "some things he said are undisputable" but some of what he'd said was a piss take and that he doesn't hate anyone.

He also said the petition is "infantile".

But while Sir Bob says some of what he wrote was satirical, Mike King said: "What the rest of the world classes as satire, in Bob's world is real."

Comedian Mike King says what Sir Bob needs 'is our empathy and a warm bowl of custard'. Source: 1 NEWS

'Item of interest' found at Dunedin quarry as police investigate death of 16-year-old Amber-Rose Rush

An "item of interest" has been located by police at a Dunedin quarry as the investigation into the death of 16-year-old Amber-Rose Rush continues.

The teenager was found dead on Saturday morning at her home in Dunedin.

In a statement today Detective Senior Sergeant Rob Hanna confirmed an "item of interest" had been located at Blackhead Quarry.

Police have been searching a quarry pond in the suburb of Blackhead and say they'd like to speak to the occupants of a black Toyota Camry, seen in a carpark at the quarry in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police are also appealing for any sightings of a silver two-door BMW that is believed to have travelled from Dunedin to Balclutha between midnight and about 2am on Saturday 3 February.

A 30-year-old man has been charged with murdering the girl and will reappear in court later this month. 

A 30-year-old has been charged with murder after Amber-Rose was found dead on Saturday morning. Source: 1 NEWS


Trio wanted over armed robbery of Hamilton BP service station

Three men are wanted over the robbery of service station in Hamilton in the early hours of this morning.

Police say the BP service station in Rototuna was robbed by the trio, who were armed with hammers and metal poles, at 2.30am today.

Cash and cigarettes were taken before the men took off in a stolen silver Mazda Capella.

Police say no staff were hurt during the robbery.

Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Scott Neilson on 07 858 6200.

Suspects wanted over robbery of BP Rototuna Service Station.
Suspects wanted over robbery of BP Rototuna Service Station. Source: NZ Police