'Hate speech' row erupts after Rotorua councillor Tania Tapsell compared to the Pied Piper | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

'Hate speech' row erupts after Rotorua councillor Tania Tapsell compared to the Pied Piper

Rotorua Lakes Council is under fire for making a police complaint of hate speech after mayoral candidate Reynold Macpherson compared councillor Tania Tapsell to the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Tapsell has described Macpherson's comments as "hate speech" and although it was the council that lodged the complaint she said she supported the decision.

The row is over a post Macpherson made on his organisation's Facebook page, Rotorua District Residents and Ratepayers, on May 14.

Macpherson shared a Local Focus video of Tapsell, published on rotoruadailypost.co.nz, in which she talks about her role on the council, referencing the environment, housing and youth running for council.

Macpherson posted the words, "Beware the charismatic pitch of the Pied Piper" with a link to the video. He also references the Pied Piper story of the rat catcher hired "to lure away the vermin that had overrun the village" before commenting on her as a councillor and her comments on the video.

* I am sorry to say that we now officialy have Idiocracy Snowflakes trying to run NZ...*

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