over 'insulting' Grey Power newsletter
A Māori councillor is withdrawing his complaint to the Race Relations Commissioner over an “insulting” Grey Power newsletter ahead of a meeting with its author.
Ōpōtiki district councillor Louis Rapihana submitted a complaint to Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon about the newsletter in which Siva Panadam suggested Mr Rapihana could not speak English after he gave a closing karakia in te reo Māori at a meeting late last year.
However, he is now withdrawing that complaint after hearing through mutual friend and Bay of Plenty regional councillor Toi Kai Rākau Iti that Ms Panadam had stepped back from her comments and now wanted to meet in person to come to a resolution together.
“I’m absolutely open to that and I will be retracting my complaint,” Mr Rapihana said.