Labour’s Nanaia Mahuta says those who have expressed support for Chris Brown visiting New Zealand have failed to see the issue for what it really is.
Mahuta says “the Chris Brown story is nothing more than the tour promoters trying to influence the outcome of a visa application, promote the tour and sell tickets.”
She claims those who have spoken out in favor of Brown have failed to see this.
Yesterday afternoon a group of prominent Māori women extended an invitation to Brown and offered a traditional Māori welcome for the American hip-hop sensation at Ngā Whare Waatea Marae in Auckland.
Dame June Mariu, Dame June Jackson and Dame Tariana Turia were present along with the former CEO of NZ Womens Refuge Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, who extended a warm welcome to Brown on the condition that he act as an ambassador of anti-domestic violence.
Former Minister of Whānau Ora, Dame Tariana Turia said, "Now, good, bad, ugly or otherwise, the truth of it is that young people are more likely to be in tune with Chris Brown than they are with one of us."
Raukawa-Tait says, "We believe in redemption, reconciliation and we believe in rehabilitation. We do not believe that we should kick someone to the curb because they had an assault charge on their partner.”
However Nanaia Mahuta says, “Domestic violence is a serious issue in New Zealand and it’s disappointing that it should be used in this way.
“If Immigration New Zealand do approve entry, I would like to see Mr Brown donate his New Zealand performance fees and royalties to appropriate domestic violence services. Then, perhaps, his artistic contribution could be taken more seriously,” says Nanaia Mahuta.
Tickets for the One Hell of a Night concert set for December have gone on sale, but Brown is yet to apply for an entry visa to New Zealand.