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The Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, DC. King’s family were upset by the use of his image


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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