weeks after his anti-Muslim column was published, NZ First MP
Richard Prosser has shared a "lovely" meal and "humbling"
evening with the young Muslim couple who wrote to the Herald
to challenge his comments.
Mr Prosser had dinner at the home of Jason Kennedy and
Khayreyah (Khay) Wahaab, who wrote an open letter to the NZ
First MP about his Investigate magazine column, which called
for young Muslim men from "Wogistan" to be banned from flying
and described Islam as "a stone age religion".
Arriving with a peace offering of a bouquet of flowers and a
box of chocolates, Mr Prosser "embraced us with a friendly
smile", Khay said.
The couple shared a meal of tandoori chicken, but Mr Prosser
said he also received "a little bit of a grilling and that's
The derogatory language he used in the column wasn't
specifically brought up, but the views behind it were and Mr
Prosser said he apologised for what he said was "horribly
wrong" and written in a desperate rush to meet a deadline.
"In the end we both agreed that there was a lack of judgment
on Richard's behalf, and that he probably shouldn't be
writing articles at 4am following a week of no sleep," Khay
She said Mr Prosser seemed to understand his position as an
MP meant he needed to be "mindful of the way in which he
makes his opinion known".
"More importantly, we do believe he understands why he should
"After speaking with the man, I am fully convinced his heart
is in the right place and he is honest in his contrition."
Mr Prosser said he was grateful for the hospitality and
understanding the couple had shown him.
"They're wonderful people, genuine polite and welcoming and
it was really humbling actually."
Mr Prosser and the couple plan to remain in touch and are
arranging a visit to a mosque in Ranui.