Article Title:Apology demanded over McKellen allegations
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or Credit:GayNZ.com News Staff
Published on:11th December 2003 - 12:00 pm
Published by:GayNZ.com
Story ID:2166
Text:Wellington business organisation GAP is calling for a correction and an apology following false allegations that a cocktail function it organised for Sir Ian McKellen at Premier House two weeks ago was taxpayer funded. Radio Pacific host Mark Bennett last Tuesday made the allegations during his programme, during which he sneered at the function, describing it as "obviously just a little bit of gay bonding paid for by the New Zealand taxpayer". Unsatisfied with statements from the Prime Minister's office and MP Tim Barnett stating that the function was self-financing, Bennett continued to repeat his allegations last Friday in another rant, during which he compared gays and lesbians to terrorists and petty criminals. GAP spokeswoman Vivienne Scott is currently awaiting a response from Radio Pacific programme director Chris Gregory. GAP's treasurer has stated categorically that all expenses relating to the event were paid for by the organisation.    
Disclaimer:This page displays a version of the GayNZ.com 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 PrideNZ.com. If you have queries or concerns about this article please email us
Reproduction note:Just before GayNZ.com 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 GayNZ.com and where there is an authors name attached please acknowledge that writer."