Vale Dame Susan

Dame Susan Devoy's appointment in 2013 to the role of Race Relations Commissioner seems to have been made on the basis of public popularity and international sporting success. World squash champion can scarcely be a guarantee of experience and competency in human rights issues.

Her appointment initially was criticised by Maori who lampooned her in verse and she was told by Marama Davidson, on a webpage, "Susan, stand down."

However, once in office she soon linked in with Maori aspirations and was quite often markedly and injudiciously outspoken in support of them when objectivity was required. Of late she has been even more impartial, acerbically demeaning older white men, "stale, pale and male." Over her tenure, instead of bringing harmony to race relations, she has proved culturally and racially divisive.

Vale Dame Susan!

B Johnson, Omokoroa.



Posted on 05-07-2018 09:07 | By crazyhorse

In 2011, the National Government tabled a Human Rights Amendment Bill in Parliament, which, amongst other measures, disestablished the role of the Race Relations Commissioner. The Bill proposed removing its statutory status, and instead allocating the responsibilities to other Human Rights Commissioners. However, the Maori Party wanted to ensure the role was protected by statute to maintain the power of the Office and objected to the plan – as co-leader Marama Fox explained: “We as Maori need to say to racists – we don’t agree with this, stop it. If not, we will force you to.” Instead of sticking to her guns, the Minister of Justice Amy Adams dropped the proposal. As a result, the Race Relations Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy, continues to push her politically correct agenda onto the country, seeking out new ways to restrict our freedom of speech.


Posted on 05-07-2018 09:03 | By crazyhorse

The legislation under which the Race Relations Commissioner and the Human Rights Commission operate is the Human Rights Act 1993, which essentially enshrines the United Nation’s human rights agenda into our domestic law. As a result, the Commission is now promoting the highly controversial United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Helen Clark’s Labour Government considered too radical to support. While the National Government signed up in 2010 – at the behest of the Maori Party – Prime Minister John Key went to some lengths to assure the New Zealand public that it was “a non-binding aspirational goal”. Yet here we are with the Human Rights Commission now proactively promoting the Declaration, including through brochures which advocate Maori self determination and self government.


Posted on 04-07-2018 17:06 | By crazyhorse

Bleating on about diversity then attempting to outlaw the most important diversity of all, ideological diversity and make their Political Correctness compulsory. Everything in the "race commissioners perfect NZ would be either illegal or compulsory. Treaty troughing revolves around tribalism that that is “old world thinking”, not democracy. A progressive society needs to respect cultural differences but move into the future as one society with one sovereign and common laws. That view will no doubt continue to attract the criticism of those who profit from a separatist agenda, and those like the Race Relations Office who are part of that industry.

Crazyhorse, racism is real and opposition to it is real

Posted on 04-07-2018 16:47 | By Peter Dey

Opposition to racism is worldwide. In international sport opposition to racism is unquestioned. In New Zealand the Race Relations Commissioner deals with actual racism, there is enough of it to keep the Commissioner busy fulltime, and it is mostly from Pakeha because they make up eighty per cent of the population. Crazyhorse has no evidence to support the claim that people are making false accusations of racism to close down debate.


Posted on 04-07-2018 14:59 | By crazyhorse

New Zealand society does not want to be divided by race, this is being aggressively promoted by the Human Rights Commission – including putting pressure on every local authority in the country to adopt Maori wards to find favour with the iwi elite, hmmm, race relations? The Race Relations Commissioner continues to have a chilling effect on free speech – especially their media monitoring project, aimed at naming and shaming news outlets critical of Maori rights. Vested Maori interests have learnt to use human rights laws to seek advantage, by using accusations of racism or intolerance to close down the debate, whenever anyone speaks out against their agenda. this racist dept has always had double standards, good example is activist Hannah Jackson Auckland university saying ‘Go out and kill a white and be a hero’what did the race commissioner do nothi

Dame Susan did a fine job

Posted on 04-07-2018 12:49 | By Peter Dey

B.Johnson is making false accusations against Dame Susan. She did not make the pale stale male insult. Someone else did. Dame Susan simply commented. Eighty per cent of us are Pakeha so Pakeha make most racist comments, so Dame Susan mostly dealt with racism by Pakeha. That is not anti-Pakeha bias. It is simply the way the numbers are. She completed her five year term without any major blunder in a very difficult job. Congratulations to her.


Posted on 03-07-2018 20:56 | By Carcass

B Johnson got it right

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