Tamati, Tamati, Tamati… you arrogant son of a

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The owners of Eat Streat’s Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar in Rotorua have renamed a controversial cocktail named after Te Arawa ancestors.

Tamati Coffey and Tim Smith, the bar’s owners, said they had a change of heart on the weekend and because of the controversy changed the name of their Hinemoa and Tutanekai cocktail to “number 5”.

Last week, Auckland-based Birkenhead Brewery Company received widespread criticism about two of its beer bottle labels that depicted Rotorua lovers Hinemoa and Tutanekai.

It later issued an apology and pulled its product from shelves around the country while it rethinks its labelling.

At the same time, Ponsonby Road’s Hinemoa and Tutanekai cocktail came under question with Mr Coffey saying he no qualms about the cocktail’s name as he was related to Hinemoa and his customers had no problem with it.

Mr Coffey said he had called for feedback on his Facebook page “hoping for constructive conversation on all sides”.

“That wasn’t what was received on other platforms where the issue was covered.”

“While I’m thankful for all the support and well-constructed comments, I’m currently talking with my hapu, Ngati Te Roro o Te Rangi, about how better to incorporate our local stories into our business as I feel our culture is truly something to be visibly proud of.”

Nobody cares too much about jobs when the left call for boycotts of businesses for political reasons.  There is some justice to Tamati being on the receiving end of his own supporters’ nasty bile.

The real problem here isn’t the name of a drink, or a cerebrally suboptimal Labour candidate running a subsistence business between diving into the party’s election funding trough every 3 years.  The real problem is that we have business folding like a cheap tent every time some idiot on the Internet sets up a page about something.

The Social Justice Warriors are being given power they haven’t earned by businesses that don’t have the courage to sit through a week of bad press.

And specifically, we should all be heartily sick of these Maori blackmailers demanding we respect their myths and legends, and those who have Maori blood claiming some inherent right of ownership.

 

– Matthew Martin, Rotorua Daily Post


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