'I won't sue her for a lot because that would seem like I'm bullying': Sir Bob Jones explains why he's suing woman who wants him stripped of knighthood

Sir Bob Jones has told 1 NEWS it will be "very enjoyable" to take a woman who started a petition to strip him of his knighthood to court.

"You have to be sick to not see (what he wrote) was a p*sstake," Sir Bob told 1 NEWS this afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS

"You have to be sick to not see (what he wrote) was a p*sstake," Sir Bob told 1 NEWS this afternoon.

"I won't sue her for a lot because that would seem like I'm bullying her."

He said he plans to sue her over the definition of hate speech.

He told 1 NEWS he "didn't care" about the petition, which he earlier described as "infantile".

When questioned why he was planning on suing if he didn't care, he responded: "It's a very, very serious allegation… I won't tolerate that."

However, while providing these comments to 1 NEWS, Mr Jones said he would not appear on camera because he now "wants to keep a low profile".

1 NEWS informed petition organiser Renae Maihi of the legal action this morning.

She said she hasn't been contacted by Sir Bob or his legal team.

"If he's going to abuse his position of power because he has money, that shows character."

"He needs to understand when you say things that cross the line…. There are consequences. There are consequences when you say racist things. He slandered my people," she said.

Ms Maihi told 1 News she has received a lot of support and the petition has almost reached 40,000 signatures.

She said she's now trying to figure out what the next step will be for the petition.

The petition follows a column Sir Bob wrote for the NBR last Friday, in which he called for an annual l 'Maori Gratitude Day'.

Mr Jones argued in his piece, which was later removed from the NBR website, that "as there are no full-blooded Maoris in existence it indisputably follows that had it not been for migrants, mainly Brits, not a single Maori alive today … would have existed."

Big Gay Out cancelled due to the heavy rain

The annual Pride festival event Big Gay Out is cancelled due to the heavy rain in Auckland.

The cancellation was announced on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Facebook.

"We were all ready to go for the Big Gay Out, but sadly it's just been cancelled due to all this rain.

"Huge thanks to all the organisers who put so much effort in and to our team of volunteers too. See you at the Pride Parade!! #RelentlesslyProud."

Event organisers confirmed the cancellation.

The Green Party's Marama Davidson was at Auckland's Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier in the rain and posted on twitter saying, "Well @biggayout was still fun before it got cancelled. Celebrating our Rainbow whānau in the rain."

John Key, Andrew Little join thousands at Big Gay Out Source: 1 NEWS


Grammy winner Macklemore trapped in Wellington as weatherbomb hits

Singer Macklemore has been stuck in Wellington, after fog and wet weather hit the Capital today, but is expected to fly to Sydney at 2pm.

It's the latest in a turbulent 24 hours for Macklemore, with both supporting artists for last night's concert also cancelled due to the weather.

While the Grammy winner was able to get to Wellington via Palmerston North, supporting artists Eric Nally, Dave B and Xperience were delayed.

The promoter said delays were so significant that by the time they would've gotten on stage, the concert would've been dragged out far too long.

Several attendees took to Twitter to express their frustration, with one calling it the "worst concert experience" they'd had.

Macklemore did make it on stage, only 20 minutes behind schedule.