Labour MP Jenny Salesa thinks fat Disney characters are a negative stereotype

Labour MP Jenny Salesa says that a Disney portrayal of Maui in the Moana movie sends the wrong message. What message does she want to send? That fat people do not exist? The main character, Moana, is slim so I do not think that Disney is stereotyping at all. Lovable characters, as well as evil characters, come in all shapes and sizes in Disney movies. The most evil women tend to be extremely thin. Think Cruella De Vil and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.


An overweight character in the new Disney film Moana perpetuates negative stereotypes and is unacceptable, a Labour MP says.

Maui is one of two main characters in the movie. Are only thin people allowed to be heroes in Moana’s world? In the real world more of us are overweight than slim and Disney has had overweight characters before.

Manukau East MP Jenny Salesa has criticised the appearance of the demigod Maui in the upcoming movie.

She cited a Facebook post by former Samoa international and professional rugby player Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, in which he wrote that Maui “looked like after he fished up the Islands, he deep fried em and ate em”.

Labour MP for Manukau East, Jenny Salesa. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Labour MP for Manukau East, Jenny Salesa. Photo / Mark Mitchell

The Labour MP said the depiction sent the wrong message.

“When we look at photos of Polynesian men and women from the last 100-200 years, most of our people were not overweight and this negative stereotype of Maui is just not acceptable – no thanks to Disney,” Ms Salesa, who is Parliament’s first Tongan-speaking member, wrote on Facebook.

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The Sarah Joe after she was found and pulled from the sand.

The Sarah Joe after she was found and pulled from the sand.

The Mystery?of Sarah Joe

The ocean is a prime spot for mystery-it’s vast, violent, and unknowable. One of the most curious tales comes in the form of the Sarah Joe.

The 17-foot?Boston Whaler went out from a busy port, was crewed by a number of responsible people, then disappeared. But this story takes a twist because rather than the usual ?was never heard from again,? this boat actually turned up years later. And rather than answer many of the questions, its discovery only added to the mystery.

Scott Moorman was born in 1952 and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He watched the TV series?Adventures in Paradise?as a child and started telling his parents that one day he was going to move to Hawaii. He married young and had a son, but his dream of living in Hawaii never left so when Scott and his young wife called it quits in 1975, he fulfilled his dream by moving to the small community of Nahiku on the east coast of Maui.

Nahiku was a town of native Hawaiians and a growing population of “haoles,” mostly?Caucasian refugees looking for their version of paradise – hippies, earth?mamas,?nature freaks and Vietnam vets trying to forget. Women and men both wore their hair long, grew and smoked dope, lived with each other with no thought of being married and partied way more than they worked.

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PM takes Cunliffe’s advice

When the Cunliffe became Labour leader he issued a challenge to the PM.

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Apparently we are Rednecks if we don’t like Maori names

People objecting to the renaming of the two main islands with Maori names have been labelled rednecks:

Cultural commentators hope for a reasoned debate on a move to recognise alternative names for both the North and South Islands – but one says it’s likely to bring out pedants and rednecks.

The Geographic Board is publicly consulting on proposals to assign official alternative names to the two main islands – Te Ika a Maui for the North and Te Waipounamu for the South. The first refers to demi-god Maui’s act of fishing up the North Island while the second is a reference to that island’s greenstone.

Ngai Tahu’s Tahu Potiki said Te Waipounamu was the most commonly used term by Maori in the South although there were other names such as Te Waahipounamu, Arapawa, Mahunui, Te Waka a Aoraki, Te Waka a Maui.

“It’ll bring all the pedants out of the bloody provinces is all. It’ll probably draw out a few rednecks as well but I think it’s a nice idea.”

It’s alright to be redneck.

Shearer enthusiastic about Maori island names

David Shearer it seems a big fan of Maori names.

Not surprising since he believes in Taniwha too…?

Labour’s leader has no issue with Maori names being being used for the North and South Islands.

The New Zealand Geographic Board has started public consultation on officially assigning Te Ika-a-Maui for the North Island and Te Waipounamu for the South.? Read more »

I can hear the outrage building now


A new book is seriously going to bend some Maori out of shape. I can;t wait for the headlines expressing outrage over this book.

I wonder if the Egyptians had any kaitiakitanga?

Captain James Cook and Abel Tasman could lose their place in history as the first Europeans to reach New Zealand.

A controversial book, To the End of the Earth, claims to contain evidence that Greeks, Spanish and Egyptians settled in New Zealand long before the Maori people.

The 378-page book, to be released this weekend, was co-authored by researchers Maxwell C Hill, Gary Cook and Noel Hilliam.

It shows ancient maps drawn before the birth of Christ, which the authors said detail the coastlines of Australia and New Zealand.

Skeletons, rock carvings, stone buildings and monuments all attest to people of European origin living in New Zealand for centuries before the arrival of Polynesians, they said.

The artefacts include a rock carving of an ancient Greek ship found in Taupo, a stone pillar with an accurate coastal map of New Zealand showing Lake Taupo in its pre-232AD eruption shape, and carvings on rocks at Raglan.

Hill said a huge boulder weighing several tonnes, deeply cut into a huge circular star calendar and marked with what were believed to be figures and rebuses, was the most stunning find.

He said there was also evidence that showed Maui was not the legendary Maori god-explorer, but an actual Egyptian naval navigator, who steered a flotilla of Greek ships to discover new shores, Hill said.

The book quotes Professor Barry Fell, of Harvard University in the US, who interpreted graffiti drawn on limestone in caves at McCluer Bay, on the coast of Indonesia.

Hill said Fell’s find names Maui as a navigator from the Red Sea under the flag of Ptolemy III in 232BC.

A cave inscription near Santiago, Chile also shows the Maori god-explorer was an Egyptian navigator, saying the point was “the southern limit of the coast reached by Maui,” Hill said.