Oh, Dan from Newshub phoned about that

So, Dan from Newshub rang me about this article:

The Human Rights Commission says it is “dealing with” a cartoon published on Cameron Slater’s Whaleoil blog.

“We are constrained in what we can say about the cartoon as we have received complaints and are considering our response in accordance with processes defined by the Human Rights Act,” says chief mediator Pele Walker.

The cartoon, signed with the name BoomSlang, was uploaded to the site by ‘Whaleoil Staff’ on May 9.

“I would like to welcome a new cartoonist to Whaleoil,” the post reads.

“I would like to, but I can’t. This one was sent as a sample, and I’ve offered a regular slot. But BoomSlang is still ambivalent, prevaricating between just sending an occasional one and gracing our pages with regular contributions.”

The cartoon shows a Maori child, bruised and cut, wearing a reusable nappy and clutching a similarly damaged teddy bear. The image is accompanied by the phrase: “Ta moko is the marking of the body by Maori…Can be added to over time if prior applications start to fade!”

Whaleoil readers seemed to like it, though one suggested “publishing this sort of stuff just gives the leftests ammunition to selectively use against this blog [sic]”.

Slater says BoomSlang’s next cartoon will go online on Monday.

As I said Dan rang me, this is how he described the conversation.

Slater declined to comment when contacted. In a blog post earlier today he vowed never to talk to MediaWorks, which owns Newshub, “as long as I live”.

I actually said “I don’t speak with Mediaworks lying pieces of shit, Go Fuck Yourself.”

As you can see I did actually comment.

The cartoon follows the tragic case of Moko Rangitoheriri, a three-year-old whose killers avoided murder convictions.

A New Zealand child aged 14 or younger dies as a result of neglect, abuse, or maltreatment on average every five weeks. Nearly half are Maori.

Former Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills says New Zealand’s high levels of family violence and inequality are a major factor driving child abuse. His replacement, Andrew Becroft, will oversee big changes at Child, Youth and Family, which will be undergoing a significant overhaul in the next few years.

If the left-wing and Maori moaners actually get to silence debate such as this then New Zealand won’t actually be addressing the issues.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.