Massey's Don Brash cancellation under scrutiny

An independent review will be conducted into Massey University's cancellation of a planned speech by Don Brash.

Vice-chancellor Jan Thomas scrapped the former National Party leader's appearance at the university's Manawatu campus in August, citing security concerns.

"I was asked to talk about my time in Parliament, and why I should be banned is entirely unclear," Dr Brash told Newshub at the time.

Emails later revealed Ms Thomas was concerned about being seen to be "endorsing racist behaviours".

Dr Brash said that pissed him off, because he wants "every New Zealand citizen irrespective of identity to be treated equally".

"How can that in any sense be racist or inconsistent with the Treaty?"

RNZ reports former Deputy State Services Commissioner Doug Martin will carry out the review, which is due in November.

Prof Thomas said she welcomed the review.

Dr Brash in recent years has fronted the Hobson's Pledge campaign, which says it wants a "society in which all citizens have the same rights, irrespective of when we or our ancestors arrived".