Prime Minister John Key has apologised over a joke which has been interpreted by some as linking Tuhoe with cannibalism.
Mr Key this morning sparked a frenzy of outrage when he opened a speech joking that if he had a meal with Tuhoe he would have been on the menu – taken by some to be a suggestion members of the iwi were cannibals.
Mr Key said he thought Tuhoe would get the joke, but it appears they were not amused.
Mr Key this afternoon told reporters he was sorry for any offence caused.
“Ahh look, it was a light-hearted joke, a bit of self-deprecating humour, but if anyone is offended, then I deeply apologise.”
One of the many reasons why I would not stand for Parliament is the fact my sense of humour would constantly get me in trouble. Especially with the gingas.