Mathers named first 'profoundly dead' MP

Green MP Mojo Mathers - New Zealand's first deaf member of Parliament - in a video from the Green Party Aotearoa. Photo / Supplied
Green MP Mojo Mathers - New Zealand's first deaf member of Parliament - in a video from the Green Party Aotearoa. Photo / Supplied

Green Party MP Mojo Mathers this afternoon was proclaimed the country's first "profoundly dead MP" - courtesy of a typo in a New Zealand First press release today.

Ms Mathers, who is profoundly deaf, hit headlines today as a squabble erupted with the Speaker over whether the MP should have to fund a note-taker to help her take part in Parliament from her own budget.

NZ First reacted quickly to the news, speedily issuing a media statement announcing that the party would help meet the extra cost, but made an unfortunate error in the second paragraph.

"This follows the refusal of the Speaker's Office to allow special funding for the equipment needed by Ms Mathers who is New Zealand's first profoundly dead MP," the original statement read.

The party put out a correction a short time later.

- APNZ

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