Topics: Entertainment, Tainui

Māori King's office has not extended invite to Chris Brown

updated By Ripeka Timutimu
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

The Māori King's office says it has not extended a formal royal invite to American singer Chris Brown.  

King Tuheitia's office issued a statement this afternoon stating he does not condone any violence towards women, including domestic violence. 

Earlier today Tainui spokesperson Tukoroirangi Morgan said an invitation would be considered if Chris Brown was permitted entry into New Zealand.

Jevan Goulter, acting PR spokesman for Chris Brown's concert promoters, Castor & Ford confirmed he had spoken to Mr Morgan. 

"What you have is a popstar with huge influence all over the world, and I think what Tainui has realised is that it's better to collaborate with him than not to."

An event was apparently planned whereby Brown would be hosted by the Māori King's son, Whatumoana Paki.

But this afternoon, the King's Office was emphatic that no royal invite or pōwhiri would take place.

Brown was convicted in 2009 of assaulting and threatening to kill his then-girlfriend, the pop star Rihanna.  He was sentenced to five years probation.

Immigration New Zealand has confirmed that Brown had yet to submit a visa application.

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