New Zealand’s Maori women speak out in defense of Chris Brown

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In a case of apparently strange bedfellows … As New Zealand’s lawmakers are trying to ban Chris Brown from performing in their country, citing his history with domestic violence, several prominent Maori women have come to his defense. While domestic violence is a serious issue in New Zealand — particularly among the indigenous Maori community where 42 percent of women claim to have been abused by their partner — they believe that if Chris Brown, as he claims, has rehabilitated himself, this could send a positive message to New Zealand’s youth. “We believe that change can occur and we need a range of people to speak out and demonstrate strong leadership,” said Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, the former leader of the country’s largest anti-domestic violence group. “We believe having done the crime and done the time he should be able to enter the country.”

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