Kiri Allan shares hateful social media comments she received after cancer diagnosis

The Labour MP is being celebrated for her bravery.
The Labour MP is being celebrated for her bravery. Photo credit: Facebook

Kiri Allan has shone a light on the underbelly of New Zealand social media, publishing a slew of comments she received after her cancer diagnosis.

The Labour MP revealed the comments in a Twitter post on Sunday, captioning the screenshots "Just ya average day on NZ SM [social media]".

One of the lengthy comments tells Allan to "get over" herself.

"There are 71 people a day diagnosed with cancer and it sickens me to see you paraded in front of the media/by the media as this poor suffering wench," writes Brian Mullane.

Allan was diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer in April and has since used her diagnosis to raise awareness about the importance of regular pap smears and the inequality in New Zealand's health care which means Māori women are three times more likely to die from cervical cancer.

Another shocking comment published by Allan says Māori women should develop "self respect" to help their cervical cancer "issues".

"Māori women will assist their cervical cancer issues by abandoning promiscuity rates and developing real self respect and personal values," wrote Stewart Bennett.

Allan also shared a screenshot of a Tweet from National MP Simeon Brown criticising Marama Davidson and Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt for meeting with Mongrel Mob members.

"Gangs cause untold misery in our community and have no regard for the human rights of their victims. Unbelievable," he wrote.

Several people spoke at the Waikato chapter's headquarters in Hamilton on Saturday to discuss human rights, justice, and racism.

Davidson has yet to comment publicly about the criticism of her going to the event but Hunt defended going to it by saying he wanted to "speak, listen and discuss the experiences raised by the Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom".

Comments on Allan's post commend her for sharing the dark side of New Zealand, and thanked her for her bravery.

"Thanks for always finding the positives and being hopeful; you're an inspiration!" wrote one person.

"I'm really sorry this racist f***ery exists from people who are so unevolved that they think this behaviour is acceptable and don't feel the slightest shame that other people can see their words," wrote another.

"Their words are empty. Your words and your mana speak volumes."