New Zealand broadcaster Paul Henry had landed in another race row, this time for ridiculing Commonwealth Games troubleshooter, Sheila Dikshit.

Henry landed in it after questioning whether New Zealand’s governor-general was a proper New Zealander. Sir Anand Satyanand was born in New Zealand to Indo-Fijian parents, leading Henry to ask Prime Minister, John Key, whether the next governor-general would look and sound more like a New Zealander.

Now Henry has again provoked anger by laughing like an 11-year-old about the pronounciation of Sheila Dikshit’s name.

TVNZ has received complaints about the clip, in which Henry deliberately mispronounces Dikshit, despite being told it is said “Dixit”.

The broadcaster also says the name “Dick Shit” is “so appropriate” because she is Indian.

Watch Paul Henry mispronounce the name Dikshit here.


The Dikshit clip was promoted on the Video Extras section of TVNZ’s website under the heading “Paul Henry laughs about the name Dikshit” although it has now been removed.

The clip features a giggling Henry, spluttering:

“The dip shit woman. God, what’s her name? Dick Shit. Is it Dick Shit … it looks like ‘Dick Shit’.

“It’s so appropriate, because she’s Indian, so she’d be dick-in-shit wouldn’t she, do you know what I mean? Walking along the street … it’s just so funny.”

Has the man completely lost his marbles?