MP blames Pacific 'failed states' for New Zealand's drug problems

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Tonga spokesman says comments by assistant finance minister border on racism and that his country is not the ‘wild west’

A New Zealand MP has said the country’s Pacific neighbours are to blame for New Zealand’s worsening drug problems, blaming “failed states” in the region for failing to stop drug smugglers.

Shane Jones, the assistant finance minister, has earned a reputation in his six months in government for his blunt and often controversial rhetoric.

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