Dame Susan Devoy's appointment in 2013 to the role of Race Relations Commissioner seems to have been made on the basis of public popularity and international sporting success. World squash champion can scarcely be a guarantee of experience and competency in human rights issues.
Her appointment initially was criticised by Maori who lampooned her in verse and she was told by Marama Davidson, on a webpage, "Susan, stand down."
However, once in office she soon linked in with Maori aspirations and was quite often markedly and injudiciously outspoken in support of them when objectivity was required. Of late she has been even more impartial, acerbically demeaning older white men, "stale, pale and male." Over her tenure, instead of bringing harmony to race relations, she has proved culturally and racially divisive.
Vale Dame Susan!
B Johnson, Omokoroa.