Henry had also made on-air racial slur against Indian-origin Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand, who was one of the VIPs who attended the New Delhi Commonwealth Games opening ceremony Oct 3.
Later, he deliberately mispronounced Dikshit’s name, saying “Dick Shit” was “so appropriate” because she is an Indian.
Ellis said he commented Henry’s decision to resign because his comments impacted New Zealand’s reputation.
Henry has apologized for his comments and said it was no longer practical for him to do the job he has “so loved doing”.
“I am astonished and dismayed that my comments have created a diplomatic incident,” Henry said. “I walk the finest of lines and accept that I have inadvertently crossed it from time to time.”
“I do not want to be the lightning rod for racial disharmony in this country,” he said.
Ellis has apologized to the Indian community in New Zealand and India, and said he will apologize to the Governor General in person.