There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on in and around this instantly-infamous Radio Live clip in which John Tamihere and Willy Jackson interview a young female friend of an alleged gang-rape victim and calmly, clearly (repeatedly) explain to the girl that blame for these rapes lies with the victims, who deserved to be raped (although JT and Jackson use the term ‘mischief’ rather than ‘sexual assault on a minor’) as punishment for drinking alcohol, going to parties and misleading to their parents. They then go on to question the girl about her own sexual behavior, with what you might describe as heightened interest.
The first point here is that Jackson and Tamihere’s argument is identical to that of actual gang-rapists when interviewed in the academic literature. These groups generally feel that their victims have bought the attack on themselves so they’re actually delivering a form of justice. So hey, there’s that. The legitimisation of rape against minors is a weird message for Radio Live to be promoting, but whatever sells advertising, I guess.
Secondly, John Tamihere is CEO of the Waipareira Trust, and one of the other trustees is Clint Rickards, who resigned from the police after being charged in two high profile gang-rape cases. That might not mean anything, but the Trust works with local youth and is operating in the same area as the Roastbusters gang. So when people ask where these young kids are getting their ideas from they might look at the pillars of the local community, instead of, say Youtube or their iPhones or whatever.
Finally, there’s a huge amount of affection for Tamihere amongst the Trotterist factions of the Labour Party. People like Mike Williams and Josie Pagani feel JT’s well-documented pathological contempt for woman would be an electoral asset among blue-collar male voters, and David Shearer gushed that he’d be an amazing Minister for Social Development. The core tenet of Trotterism is that identity politics isn’t important, and if that faction in the party had its way they’d have a welfare spokesman who thinks that young girls who drink alcohol deserve to be gang-raped. So let me say again that Tamihere would be a poor choice for that role, and that, like Shane Jones he is basically un-electable, and that people in the Labour Party should stop promoting these weird, creepy misogynists.
(Update: just responding to Bryce in the comments: I doubt the people in the last paragraph agree with Tamihere on this point; instead I think there’s a cynical calculation that ‘dumb male voters’ like him, so they’ll vote for his party.