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Argo condemned by NZ Parliament

Published: 3:25PM Tuesday March 12, 2013 Source: ONE News

Hollywood's attempt to re-write history has been condemned by New Zealand's Parliament.

MPs have today voted unanimously to support a motion from New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters that condemned the way New Zealand is portrayed in Oscar-winning film Argo.

The film showed New Zealand diplomats turning away a group of Americans trying to escape from Tehran during the Iranian revolution in 1979.

In reality, a New Zealander drove the Americans to the airport in Tehran so they could fly to Switzerland.

Peters called it a "grave misrepresentation" of the courageous and commendable role of New Zealand diplomats.

"I move that this house acknowledge with gratitude the efforts of former New Zealand diplomats Chris Beeby and Richard Sewell," Peters said.

"Our courageous New Zealand diplomats' inspirational actions were of significant help to the American hostages and deserve the historic and factual record to be corrected."

Director Ben Affleck defended his portrayal of Kiwis in the film saying it was not an easy decision to make.

"You try to honour the truth of the essence, the sort of basic truth of the story you're telling," he told Reel Life with Jane.

Argo won the best film Oscar at last month's Academy Awards.