Dunne in hot water over NZ First tweet

Author
Laura McQuillan,
Publish Date
Wed, 12 Nov 2014, 9:45AM
Peter Dunne says he was "flippant" to liken New Zealand First to the KKK (Getty Images)
Peter Dunne says he was "flippant" to liken New Zealand First to the KKK (Getty Images)

Dunne in hot water over NZ First tweet

Author
Laura McQuillan,
Publish Date
Wed, 12 Nov 2014, 9:45AM

Just a day after John Key's flippant remark over Phillip Smith, one of his ministers is in similar hot water.

Peter Dunne says he was "flippant" to liken New Zealand First to the KKK - but he's standing by his controversial tweet, amid an online backlash.

He questioned whether Winston Peters' party was relaxing its membership rules, when the KKK announced it'll accept black, Jewish and gay members.

Peter Dunne says he was drawing an analogy with New Zealand First's anti-immigration stance.

"When you've got MPs like Prosser and O'Rourke who tow that line, I think they deserve the criticism but look, this is hardy the end of the world.

"The sun will still came up this morning, people are still happy, and I think we should just get a life and move on."