Firstly, I’m 100% positive that my resigning from a 5 minute comment spot on Breakfast had nothing to do with Paul’s decision. Secondly, I’ve always stated that my issue was with his comments, not with Paul as a person or a professional (neither of which I’m in any way qualified to comment on). His decision to resign a full-time paid position is hugely more significant than my own, and I’m sure anyone would be horrified if they had to do the same.
Despite all of this, the publicity surrounding the event has allowed many New Zealanders to voice their opinions about race. I’m heartened that the overwhelming majority understand that our vibrant, multicultural society is part of what makes this such a wonderful country. There is no single skin colour or accent that defines a “real New Zealander”.
Now that Paul has left TVNZ, if I should be invited to return to the Breakfast show, I would be happy to do so. However, I appreciate that they may have already set in place alternative plans.
As with the original furore, I’m not going to discuss this in the media, nor make any further comment.