Judith Collins, Paula Bennett tell Chiefs to apologise

Judith Collins, Paula Bennett tell Chiefs to apologise

Two senior female government ministers have condemned the actions of the Chiefs over the stripper saga, despite Women's Minister Louise Upston saying it's not appropriate to get involved.

Police Minister Judith Collins said the Chiefs should apologise to their partners for their behaviour.

"They should say sorry to their spouses actually," she said. "I'm a fervent Chiefs supporter so I'm really disappointed in them."

"I think it is about time that stopped that stupid behaviour, grew up and got on with rugby."

Asked if she though the Minister for Women Louise Upston should be commenting, Ms Collins replied: "That's a matter for the Prime Minister".

And asked if she would have commented if she was Minister for Women, Ms Collins said she probably would. 

"Well I always comment on everything pretty much, don't I?"

Ms Collins' condemnation effectively undercuts her colleague Ms Upston, who is being criticised for not saying enough.

Paula Bennett declined to comment on Ms Upston's actions as well.

"I'm not going to comment on a colleague of mine and what she may or may not have said it's just not my business," she said. 

However she did also condemn the Chiefs' actions when asked about them. 

"Ah, now I have an opinion on that, certainly. I just sort of think it just doesn't feel right the way they've done the inquiry.

"For me it should be respect, there should be an element of all that, and I just didn't like the way they ran that inquiry."

And the Social Housing Minister says the team should "most certainly" apologise for their actions.

The Greens are demanding Ms Upston's resignation, saying the Minister for Women didn't condemn the Chiefs over the stripper incident and "effectively let them off the hook".

Ms Upston initially said it wouldn't be appropriate for her to comment when the stripper, Scarlette, first raised complaints about being roughly and improperly treated by Chiefs players at a "Mad Monday" party.

The minister then issued a statement saying it was "obviously disappointing" when sportspeople didn't uphold the high standards that were expected of them.

Green MP Jan Logie says that wasn't good enough.

"If she can't support women who are challenging a culture of violence, then she needs to stand down," Ms Logie told reporters.

"New Zealand women deserve a minister who gives a damn ... she could have made a specific statement, she could have supported Scarlette, but she chose to put out a generic statement that effectively let them off the hook."

Prime Minister John Key says the criticism is unfair and Ms Upston is doing a good job.

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