Reports indicate he was dragged off to the local cop shop as a suspected drug dealer.
According to other journalists with him at the time he was the only black person in the bar.
Admittedly the police have apologised but it should never have happened in the first place.
Anyway this sort of crap is unacceptable so to all New Zealanders the pic is of a good man, a well respected professional man, who is here to enjoy our country - So lets ensure that Vata gets the respect and hospitality he deserves for the rest of his stay. We all owe him that.