This Article is From Oct 07, 2010

New Zealand High Commission - Press Statement

New Zealand High Commission - Press Statement
New Delhi: The New Zealand High Commission has been made aware of comments made by a New Zealand broadcaster directed at the Delhi Chief Minister, Smt Sheila Dikshit.

Rupert Holborow said that, "as New Zealand's High Commissioner to India, I would like to convey my deep regret for the hurt these comments have caused."

"These remarks were culturally insensitive, inappropriate and vulgar.  They reflect the views of only one media commentator (who has already been censored for other racist and unacceptable comments), and certainly not the New Zealand Government or people".

"As High Commissioner, I always look forward to celebrating the warm and positive links between our two countries and there is never a case for making remarks of this nature which are hurtful."

"New Zealand highly values its relationship with India and we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, tolerant and inclusive society".  

There are currently over 100,000 New Zealanders of Indian ethnic origin (almost 3 percent of the population), the second largest immigrant group from Asia after China. They play a leading role in our nation, together with other communities from around the world.

"I would also like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the vital contribution the Chief Minister has made to the Commonwealth Games".

New Zealand High Commission
New Delhi