However, so have his original comments.
However, despite his valiant efforts, this little episode can't be so easily erased from history, for many others have seen and repeated them.
I look forward to seeing whether the MSM takes him on when he finally returns to NZ, for his original comments and behaviour in being confronted with the absurdity of them, have exposed weaknesses. He hasn't the humility to apologise.
I'll leave it to you to decide as to what it says about the man.