Newly appointed Speaker of the House Adrian Rurawhe issued the apology for actions by previous Speaker Trevor Mallard in issuing Winston Peters with a trespass notice during the Parliament Protest in February.
This week it was announced that Mallard will take up the role of New Zealand’s ambassador to Ireland later this year.
Peters reacted to the apology with a series of tweets this afternoon:
‘Mr Mallard has admitted to the High Court that his actions were unreasonable and irrational when he trespassed me from Parliament. It was clearly unjustified and a direct attack on every New Zealander’s freedoms which are protected under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.
The actions taken by Mr Mallard contrary to the Bill of Rights is a disgraceful indictment on the position and responsibility he had as the Speaker of our House.
To think that this behaviour is now rewarded with an overseas diplomatic post representing New Zealand on the world stage is a staggering insult to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to every New Zealander.
What is astonishing, is that the Prime Minister announced Mr Mallard’s appointment despite knowing all of the details behind his apology – including his self-admitted irrational and unreasonable behaviour.
With this added to his past record of wrongfully accusing a parliamentary staffer of rape – costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, spraying people including children with cold water, and yet still appointing him in an ambassadorial role shows an unmeasurable depth of contempt for all New Zealanders and indeed to the people of Ireland.’