The Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, DC. King’s family were upset by the use of his image in a newspaper advertisement advertising a campaign fronted by Julian Bathchelor against Auckland’s Hero parade in 2000.
Janet Wilson is a freelance journalist who has also worked in communications, including in the leader's office of the National Party; and is a member of the National Party. She is a regular contributor to Stuff.
OPINION: Racism’s meandering course through the warp and weft of Aotearoa’s historical fabric was given small but steering prominence with news last week that police broke up a Dargaville public meeting called to discuss co-governance.
The meeting, organised by Julian Batchelor, who heads the Stop Co-Governance group, is one of a series of town hall meetings quietly held around the country since last year.
Batchelor’s schtick is divisive to say the least; he claims co-governance is a part of a plan by radical tribal representatives, so-called ‘elite Māori’, to take over New Zealand.
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