Article Title:Ihimaera calls for Holmes resignation
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:1st October 2003 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2035
Text:Author Witi Ihimaera has lent his name to a petition calling for the resignation of Paul Holmes over the "cheeky darkie" controversy. Ihimaera is one of 54 academics to sign the petition, which describes Holmes' comments as a "disgraceful outburst" that has seriously damaged the racial fabric of New Zealand society. Last Wednesday morning's Paul Holmes Breakfast show on Newstalk ZB featured a number of controversial, yet arguably tongue-in-cheek comments, including a reference to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as a "cheeky darkie", women journalists being labelled "bitchy", jokes about Hitler, and jokes about Brian Edwards picking up a bisexual electrician and giving him rectal injuries during a discussion about the British media's treatment of Michael Barrymore. Holmes' record of mischievous comments had been escalating in the weeks leading up to the "cheeky darkie" broadcast, including an incident during an interview with chef Gordon Ramsey where Holmes made a double entendre reference to "vicious faggots" being after him.    
Disclaimer:This page displays a version of the article with all formatting and images removed. It was harvested automatically and some text content may not have been fully captured correctly: access this content at your own risk. A copy of the full article is available (off-line) at the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand. This online version is provided for personal research and review and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of If you have queries or concerns about this article please email us
Reproduction note:Just before closed in May 2017, the website owners wrote this article about reproducing content from the website: "our work has always been available for glbti people to use and all we ask is that you not plagiarise it... if you use it anywhere please attribute it to and where there is an authors name attached please acknowledge that writer."