Unfortunately in this case, that is exactly what was said, and the article was worse than the headline.
As a long-time member and supporter of a party that encourages limited government, individual liberties and freedoms and equality, this article is disgusting.
It's one thing for political party to take money from someone who offers it; it's another to continue to take it after such distasteful comments. I wonder where this will lead to.
The biggest donor to the Act Party says he gave the money to Don Brash and John Banks so they could stop special treatment for Maori who were "either in jail or on welfare".Well actually, the biggest criminals in this country measured by their financial impropriety are white businesspeople, Mr Crimp. You know, the Petricevic, Roost and Versalkos of this world. They ripped people off to the tune of millions. That has caused more misery for middle New Zealand than some of "the Maoris" stealing a few cars. However, Tariana Turia has said a few times that welfare is ruining whanau. So Sharples needs to talk to his co-leader more.
In an extraordinary interview with the Weekend Herald, Louis Crimp said he believed he had the support of Brash, Banks and other "white New Zealanders".
Mr Crimp made the largest financial contribution to the Act Party for the 2011 election with a $125,520 donation.
His comments have appalled Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples.
But the Act Party last night affirmed Mr Crimp's right to have his say - and welcomed future donations if he was inclined to make them.Well, yes. But you are defined by the company you keep. Aren't you.
"I supported Act because I thought Brash would go along the way for Maoris to be treated like equal New Zealanders ... they don't get any more than a normal New Zealander and we're all the same.Yes, agree with that sentiment.
Mr Crimp said Act should have taken a harder line on Maori during the election even if it led to public outcry. "All the white New Zealanders I've spoken to don't like the Maoris, the way they are full of crime and welfare.""The Maoris"? What, all of them from Cape Reinga to the Bluff? Each and every one?
He said he had asked Dr Brash why questions about special status for Maori were not pursued harder during the campaign. He said he was told the issue had been campaigned on but had been ignored by the media.Don't get me started on the "maorification" campaign. It was a disaster and cringeworthy from start to finish.
"It was an embarrassment at the Rugby World Cup, [Maori] coming to shore in canoes, with hardly any clothes on, waving spears and poking their tongues out, all painted up."Maybe not for you, Mr White New Zealander from Invercargill. But it *is* part of our culture. Overseas visitors actually like it. They come to New Zealand to see it. If you ever got out of Invercargill you might realise that.
He said it was intended as a welcome but would have terrified visitors.
"Every opportunity the Maoris get they have to do this war dance, whether it is for a funeral or something happy or a wedding. They feel they have to take all their clothes off, stick tongues out and wave spears. That's not New Zealand."
He said that when he met Mr Banks, he complained about the cost of Maori TV.Well I agree there. They should simply sell Maori TV to Iwi. They have enough money now. Let them fund it.
"He agrees and so does Brash but somehow or another it didn't get across to the public."
He said the party had to be more direct, although it was not able to position itself as "anti-Maori".Well, too late for that, Louis.
"I don't give a stuff what I'm called. You have to look at the facts and figures. This is the problem with New Zealanders. Most of them dislike the Maoris intensely - I won't say hate - but they don't like to say so."More "The Maoris" again. Well I despise "the Southlanders".
He said there was such nervousness among those he expressed his views to that he would ask if they had Maori blood.
"They don't like to say anything against the Maoris. They say it very quietly with their eyes looking around."
He said Maori were over-represented in crime statistics.
"I'm an Invercargill person and there's hardly any Maoris down there so this doesn't happen. But in Auckland, you pick up the crime page in the Herald, most of the faces in the Herald are brown in the crime page.
"The Maoris in jail are 51 per cent of the people in jail and yet they are only 13 or 14 per cent of the population. They're either in jail or on welfare."
According to the Department of Corrections, as at March 31 last year Maori made up 51.2 per cent of New Zealand's prison population. Maori make up about 15 per cent of New Zealand's total population.
Dr Sharples said Mr Crimp was "out on his own ... this guy - where does he get off?"
He said he had worked well with Act Party MPs.
"If Mr Crimp told the Act Party that's the reason he's giving them the money, they should have turned him down."
ACT MPs have worked well with the Maori Party. As I alluded to, both parties agree that welfare is destroying Maoridom. But there are ways of saying things, and this ain't it.
Act's president, Chris Simmons, said he disagreed with Mr Crimp on some areas but respected his right to have a view.Better to have said nothing, IMHO.
Overall, terrible, cringeworthy and just wrong.