Julia Eru Photo: BEN WATSON
Sad to see this sort of racism happening.
"A young student’s search for a job ended with a blunt email: "Sorry we don’t hire blacks, no offence meant".
The racist reply stunned Albany student Julia Eru, 20, who says words can’t explain how horrible the email was.
"It’s so offensive in so many ways," she says.
"I thought that kind of stuff was in the past. The person needs to know it’s not right.""
So did we Julia, so did we. But unfortunately there are still many people who don't realise how lucky they are to be here, under the protection and mana of maori.
"She sent a second email using her sister’s English name and the response was entirely different: "Hi honey, positions are now closed. Lots of love Andria.""
So what has been the response?
She says she got a further racist response when she replied to her original email in her own name, seeking someone to complain to.
Ms Eru says she is still waiting for a reply to her complaint to the Gumtree website that ran the job ad, which remained online until it was taken down after the North Shore Times contacted them.
The North Shore Times received a strange series of responses to questions put to the emailer.
One email said a junior receptionist had acted inappropriately and had been fired. "All apologies to those concerned and God Bless."
But another email read: "In the mean time kindly f*** off. Cheers Li Wu. The computer hacker."
One email referred the North Shore Times to a website for Penrose-based importer and wholesaler Jin Bill International Ltd but the Companies Office website lists the company as having been struck off. It was registered until June 23 this year.
Despite that a company director’s name, Fanmao Zeng, appears on emails sent to the North Shore Times from the bright startltd2002 address.
The company did not respond to phone messages and there is no listing for the director.
When the paper visited the Penrose address we were told the company hadn’t been operating for at least a year."
Sounds like the whole company is some scam anyway, doesn't it?
Julia, kia kaha - don't worry about the racists they are on their way out.