Andrew Shaw apologises for racist comment

TVNZ_buildingTVNZ has rushed to defend one of their executives after we published comments made during his speech at their new season launch on Wednesday night.

TVNZ communications manager Megan Richards said: “We’ve spoken to many people who attended last night and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and for many, Andrew’s presentation was a highlight of the evening. There was no indication anyone was offended and the subsequent questions [yesterday] came as a surprise.

“Andrew had no intention to cause offence and unreservedly apologises to anyone who may have been offended at the event or subsequently.”

While Mr Shaw’s comments about Auckland didn’t appear to go down well, his remark about Polynesians was greeted with laughter from the audience.

And groans…

Reverend Uesifili Unasa, a mayoral candidate in the recent election who chaired Auckland Council’s Pacific People’s Advisory Panel in 2013, described the sentiment of the speech as “unhelpful”.

A person with strong links to the Pacific Island community, such as mayor Len Brown, might be able to get away with making a joke at their expense but he wasn’t sure Mr Shaw fitted that category.

“It’s uncalled for, really,” Mr Unasa said. “With these things you always sense there is a more serious underlying message coming through. If people say it is racism, can you blame them? It’s the context and who is saying it that really does make that point of difference. We are still categorising Pacific people as ‘other’.”

Especially uncalled for when you’re saying those things in front of the delegation from Fox who you’re trying to convince to enter into an output deal with you.

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