MOFA ‘regrets’ but denies envoy’s Maori king insult

The China Post
Date: April 27, 2017
By: Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A Foreign Ministry report into accusations a diplomat called the leader of New Zealand’s Maori community “useless” has said that while the ministry “regrets” the alleged incident, no evidence has been found to support the charges.

Legislator Chen Ying (陳瑩) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) last Wednesday accused Kay Lin (林恩真), deputy head of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, of saying Maori King Te Arikinui Kiingi Tuheitia was “useless” and “not supported by Maori people” while within earshot of the king’s chief of staff Rangihiroa Whakaruru. The put-down allegedly took place during a banquet in Taipei last December.

Lin is scheduled to be posted to Australia to serve as Taiwan’s deputy representative there. Chen has called for her to be stripped of the position due to the “inappropriate remarks.”

The Legislature ultimately passed a resolution asking the ministry to probe the allegations and punish Lin should it be confirmed that she made the remarks.

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