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New Zealand Prime Minister Mocks Green Actress

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Keisha Castle-Hughes, star of the 2002 movie Whale Rider — and the youngest female ever nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, has been publicly mocked by New Zealand PM John Key.

The 19-year-old actress is heavily involved Greenpeace’s Sign On campaign, which is looking for a 40 per cent reduction in emissions from New Zealand by 2020. Speaking at a business gathering of 500 people in Brisbane last Tuesday, Prime Minister Key told the audience: “My advice to Keisha is this: stick to acting.” Ouch. From the article,

“In Parliament, Acting Prime Minister Bill English was questioned about the remark. Labour’s Charles Chauvel asked: ‘Does the Prime Minister agree with Keisha Castle-Hughes that telling her to `stick to acting’ is really odd, given that he had previously encouraged her to make a submission to the Minister for Climate Change Issues on New Zealand’s pollution reduction target?’ Mr English said the PM ‘wholeheartedly’ supported Castle-Hughes’ right to have a public view about New Zealand’s climate change policy.”

Key later said his remarks were “rather flippant” and has agreed to meet with the actress to discuss her thoughts on the issue. Backtrack anyone? In response Castle-Hughes said she would love to talk to him and maybe he would discover that she knew more than he thought she did. She said the only message she wanted to send Mr Key was that it was the perfect time to commit New Zealand to the 40 per cent emission target.

Classy. Let’s hope Key learns something from her.

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