Outspoken ad man John Ansell finally got to promote his "Colourblind State'' campaign in Auckland yesterday.
The Rotary Club of Remuera cancelled a meeting Ansell planned last month, claiming it had been "ambushed'' into providing a platform for a political ad campaign launch.
Yesterday afternoon, about 60 people, mainly middle-aged men, attended a talk by Ansell at Greenlane Christian Centre. Ansell is the man who was behind race-based election campaigns for the National Party and Act, including the divisive "Iwi/Kiwi" billboards in 2005.
Ansell has distributed material claiming the Treaty of Waitangi was invented by "dishonest politicians, academics, bureaucrats, judges, media owners and iwi leaders for their own political gain."
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He illustrated his speech with images of political figures, including Prime Minister John Key, wearing a pirate-style eye patch.
- Herald on Sunday