Response to comments by Susan Devoy

Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy’s comments are wrong and undermine her role, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says.

Ms Devoy has said today that the use of "half-baked" housing data to suggest overseas Chinese nationals are increasingly buying property in Auckland is "disappointing". “Chinese New Zealanders deserve better than this and so does anyone keen on actually solving this issue."

“The data used by Phil Twyford was carefully checked by him, and by the NZ Herald, which published it.

“The data used is the best available and the Herald story makes that clear. Ms Devoy does not present any alternative data.

“Ms Devoy’s comments are wrong and undermine her role. She should re-read the Human Rights Act because there is nothing in the Act that says contentious issues ought not to be discussed.

“There is nothing racist in what has been said. Labour’s policy is that if you have the right to live here you have the right to buy here, whatever your ethnicity.

“I am surprised Ms Devoy has not commented that it is outrageous that the Herald article showed that Maori and Pasifika are grossly under represented as house buyers, house sellers and agents.

“Surely this level of social exclusion is bad for race relations.”