29 Jul 2011

Flavell apologises for suicide remarks

6:11 pm on 29 July 2011

The Maori Party MP for Waiariki, Te Ururoa Flavell, says he apologises for any offence caused by remarks he made about people who commit suicide.

In a newspaper column last week, Mr Flavell said people who commit suicide should have their actions condemned rather than have their lives celebrated.

And he said while it's important to be compassionate, it's also important not to glorify people who take their own lives.

Since making the remarks, Mr Flavell says he has received a lot of feedback and clearly some people, who have been affected by suicide, were hurt by the remarks.

He says the intention was not to hurt anyone, but certainly to highlight the issue.

Mr Flavell says he never intended to cause pain and anguish to those people.

He says he apologises unreservedly.