Sean Plunket says Māori politicians have 'cornered the market' on racism

Magic Talk radio host Sean Plunket says Māori politicians have "cornered the market on racism", with Shane Jones and Hannah Tamaki leading the way.

"First we had Shane Jones from New Zealand First with his combustible comments on arranged marriages - and now in an attempt to, I think, out-dog whistle Shane Jones, Hannah Tamaki, leader of the Vision New Zealand party, and wife of religious cult leader Brian Tamaki - she's jumped on the racist bandwagon as well," Plunket said on his Monday show.

He is referring to comments Jones made last month, which were described as racist, when he defended a controversial policy change by Immigration NZ making it harder for immigrants to obtain a partnership visa. 

Jones told Radio New Zealand, "You have no legitimate expectations in my view to bring your whole village to New Zealand, and if you don't like it and you're threatening to go home, then catch the next flight home."

And Tamaki on Monday said that her party would ban the construction of new "mosques, temples and other foreign buildings of worship" if elected.

Plunket said Tamaki's comments were racist.

"If we're going to go down this 'foreign buildings must be banned' road, let's see where it leads us; now Maccas of course, that's foreign, that's American, and so no more Maccas," Plunket told listeners. "KFC? Well, that's from Kentucky, that's [clearly] foreign, so no more KFC."

He said Tamaki and Jones are "clearly" pitching for the same voters.

"Hannah Tamaki and Shane Jones, who funnily enough are both Māori, are going to be the leading political racists until the next election, which I think is very very curious."

Earlier on Monday, Tamaki denied she was racist.

"I'm not racist, I'm a brown-skinned person and I love all people, but I've got to say I'm a New Zealander," she told Magic Talk's Peter Williams. "I love this country, and when other people come here and grab hold of our culture, and love our country the way we can, we will get on."

Jones last week told Newshub: "I'm giving a voice to the anxieties of hundreds of thousands of Kiwis who upon learning we're now reaching 5 million people, substantially grown by immigration, they're actually very happy that they have a voice."

Plunket, meanwhile, went on to make comments about the new conservation-focused political party Sustainable NZ, saying it's "kind of the Green Party, without the wokeness" [sic].

While on the topic of political parties, he said his former employer The Opportunities Party has "gone a bit" more woke since founder Gareth Morgan cut all ties.