Screenshot of petition calling on the prime minister to strip Sir Bob Jones' knighthood following alleged racist column

A petition is calling for the prime minister to strip Sir Bob Jones' knighthood after he penned an alleged racist column published by the National Business Review (NBR).

A tweet by NBR has stated the article has since been taken down from their website 'due to inappropriate content’. Despite the action taken by the business publication, what appears to be a screenshot of the article is currently doing the rounds on social media.

A statement from a Human Rights Commission spokeswoman says while they welcome the publication’s decision to remove the article, they should be prepared for the consequences.

“Sir Bob Jones and those outlets who choose to publish this kind of rhetoric need to be prepared for the public backlash and condemnation they provoke and deserve.”

We'll have more on this kaupapa today on Te Karere at 3.55pm, TVNZ 1.

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