Maori Welcomes for Foreign Dignitaries? [POLL]

The media are still trying to hang a Danish politician for offering her opinion.

The Danish politician who controversially called powhiri “uncivilised” and “grotesque” knew exactly what she was going to see – but may not have read the briefing documents given to her.

Denmark’s ambassador to New Zealand, Borge Petersen, was with Marie Krarup – a member of the far-right Danish People’s Party – when she was welcomed on to the navy’s Te Taua Moana Marae last month.

Ms Krarup was in the country as part of a defence delegation. 

After she left she blasted the traditional Maori welcome in an opinion piece in the Berlingske Tidende, a Copenhagen newspaper, in which she wrote that the welcome was less than “civilised”.

She decried the wero or challenge; being welcomed by a “half-naked” man “shouting and screaming in Maori”; and being forced to hongi.

She likened a waiata to a Danish song about a ladybird. The “Maori temple” complete with deities, and large penises, also didn’t pass muster.

Has New Zealand come to the point where there is only one valid opinion, set by others, and we have to attack anyone who differs?

Have your say.

What is your opinion of the Maori Welcome given to foreign dignitaries?

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