Seriously, this kind of cultural claptrap is being kept alive by white liberals.
New Zealanders are more likely to disrespect Mt Taranaki than foreigners despite their awareness of cultural boundaries, a Department of Conversation ranger says.
The recent discovery of several piles of human ash on tracks around the mountain have lead to complaints about trampers not adhering to relevant Maori cultural guidelines.
Standing on the mountain’s highest point in order to fully conquer it appears to be a frequent occurrence among climbers.
The act is deeply offensive to Maori, who regard the mountain as a living ancestor, said Department of Conservation senior ranger Dave Rogers.
Rogers said New Zealanders were breaking the rules more frequently than foreigners, despite knowing what was and was not appropriate.