Massey Uni named after racist PM, lecturer says,-lecturer-says

A Massey University lecturer wants to change the name of his workplace after discovering the prime minister it was named after made racist statements.

In the course of researching his doctorate, Steven Elers says he found white-supremacist statements attributed to the country’s second-longest-serving prime minister.

William Ferguson Massey died in office in 1925 and the university was named after him the following year.

Mr Elers said Mr Massey had said New Zealand was a “white man’s country”, the purest Anglo-Saxon population in the British Empire, and that he did not like the “Chinese race”.