Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bye Druis Barrett

Druis Barrett is a past national president of the Maori Women’s Welfare League, and along with Barnardo's CE Murray Edridge and Plunket boss Paul Baigent, is among the MSD's Pathways to Partnership Steering Group. She also works with the Families Commission as a member of its Whanau Reference Group.

Until today, when she announced she will resign because Christine Rankin was appointed as a Families Commissioner. Yet she cited Rankin's reported views on Maori, saying Rankin was " damn well close" to being racist.

Pity the news report didn't say Barrett is part of the anti-smacking lobby. Could that be a factor in the resignation? If she can't work with people don't share all of her views, she has a problem.


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