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Tukaki: 'I get called n****r every single day' on social media

Chair of the Māori Council, Matthew Tukaki joined Lloyd Burr on Lloyd Burr Live to discuss why Te Pāti Māori, The Māori Party will not contest the Tauranga by-election.

The party says it's because they feel too unsafe in the area. 

They say it's because Tauranga is a hotspot of white supremacy and racism. 

They say racist leaflets and threats are common. 

In response. Tukaki revealed some of the horrific abuse he has been on the receiving end of. 

"I think they've done the right thing," Tukaki said.

"As somebody who himself, who's been on the back end of a significant amount of racist correspondence, emails, letters and messages from people who sadly reside in my former hometown of Tauranga, they are absolutely justified.

"All Māori, all New Zealanders should be concerned.

"Not every person in the beautiful city of Tauranga is a racist or a white supremacist I don't think anyone's alluding to that. 

"What we do have is great concern for the activity that's unfolding in that by-election

Tukaki hopes NZ can address racism saying if it does not, this is an indicator of things to come with the elections next year. 

Burr asked Tukaki about his first-hand experience with racism and hatred and supremacy.

"I get called n****r every single day in Facebook messages on fake profiles to my account. I had a six-page letter arrive at my home in Point Chevalier that was handwritten. 

"He was emboldened enough so much to write his name, contact details and even sign the letter and the content. in that basically called me a black bastard. And I and any number of other things under the sun.

"I get messages calling me a dirty black bastard, you filthy gang mongrel. you this you that.

"It's relentless. It is absolutely relentless for the last couple of years, just because I choose to represent my people and pushed kaupapa that I know is going to change their lives for the better. 

"I get called n****r, I get called black dog, I get called you black mongrel I get it all and mate I can't put up with it anymore.

"I'm tired. I'm frustrated. I just wish. I just wish some of these people would think about the words they say because their children could be listening to it. 

"I don't want their children to listen to this crap and then go to school and repeat it to little Māori kids or Pacifica kids or Asian kids. I'm tired."

Listen to the full interview between Matthew Tukaki and Lloyd Burr above.

You can also download the full interview on the Lloyd Burr Live podcast, and listen on the go. Check it out on the rova app or wherever you get your podcasts.