David Shearer tells Pakistani taxi driver that he can’t buy home

David Shearer is embarrassed this afternoon after a secretly recorded video emerged of him telling a taxi driver that he wasn’t allowed to buy a home.

David Shearer is embarrassed this afternoon after a secretly recorded video emerged of him telling a taxi driver that he wasn’t allowed to buy a home.

Labour leader David Shearer is being spoken to by police this evening after telling a Pakistani taxi driver that he didn’t belong in this country and that he could not legally buy a home.

Tariq Humayun, who came to New Zealand from Peshawar, Pakistan in 2002, was driving Shearer to his Wellington residence from the airport late last night. A drunken Shearer reportedly told Humayun that he was “the Prime Minister” and that he had just passed a new law preventing “people like you” from owning residential property.

Humayun, apparently familiar with what Shearer was talking about, politely informed him that the newly-announced Labour Party policy did not affect permanent residents of New Zealand, and under that policy, he would therefore be entitled to own a house.

“Right, well, yeah, you know, you listen here,” replied Shearer, apparently speaking to a door handle. “You’re not from here. You’re a bloody Iraqi from Islam. No houses for you.”

Shearer reportedly went on to brag about how he would get “all the Winston voters,” and further threatened Humayun, telling him that he would soon be banned from owning other New Zealand assets, such as Pineapple Lumps and “those red trees.”

Speaking to media today, a humbled Shearer at first denied any recollection of the incident, but having been shown video of his racially tinged rant, admitted that it wasn’t “a good look.”

“Yeah, I mean, okay, it was a late night, I was obviously drunk,” he said. “You can actually tell I was drunk because I said I was the Prime Minister, which is of course absurd. I’ll never be the Prime Minister.”

Shearer denied that Labour’s new housing policy – which will bar foreigners from owning residential properties – was yet another initiative taken from the platform of the Green Party, saying that while it certainly was “similar,” he’d obviously been “a lot more racist about it.”

“Not that I’m excusing that,” he added, after being forcefully prodded in the back by his chief of staff Fran Mold.

Labour says it’s considering an exception to the policy that will allow foreigners to buy homes in Invercargill and Tauranga, where “we don’t really want New Zealanders living anyway.”