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Ta Moko cartoon: Whaleoil reader is offended [guest post]


I’m seriously offended, and as offence can only be taken, not given, I decided to sit and think about it.

I’m offended over the reaction from the Ta Moko cartoons depicting a little Maori boy beaten with visible bruising. Not the cartoon itself, it?s quite factual, and I maintain if it was depicting a little Pakeha boy, or an Asian boy, or even a Jewish boy, it would be okay, or those communities would accept it and move on even though statistically, they are 4 times less to be the subject of family violence than a Maori, or 3 times less than a PI child.

Naida Glavish is a prominent Maori woman, and holds a lot of Mana within Maori, she COULD be an effective change agent, if she stood up and championed change instead of taking offence. Or, could she be offended mainly as she has been the subject of things in Whaleoil previously? My belief is she really needs to sit down and look at the real problem, that the main group of people or communities committing these violent offences are still in DENIAL, and instead of accepting there is an issue and doing something about it, she and many like her run out and decide to take a fence. Surround themselves with a shield, ignore, bury their heads and claim there is nothing wrong, and don?t you dare single out my community/culture, that?s racist. I wonder how many of the abused children, the ones who were killed, do they think its racist, was their abuse and murder racist? ??

I?m also offended by the Human Rights (Wrongs) commission, they are simply adding fuel to the fire, instead of coming out with the truth the rest of NZers already know and understand, and what is a massive thorn in NZ?s side on the international stage, they often side with the offended, and give them another reason to ignore the stats, the violence and the abuse of children. By siding with the perpetually offended, they are enabling the very abuse and violence that is so deeply rooted in those communities and cultures. ???

When you break it down, the role of the Human Rights Commission is to set and to keep standards for ALL Kiwis, all means ALL, not just the leaders or the offended from certain communities or cultures, so I ask the Human Rights Commission, who stood up for the following children?s human rights, and who will stand up for the other kids who are being violently abused, murdered, deprived, and so on, who will stand up for their human rights, as currently, their parents and caregivers and collective communities are not, they seem to have adopted a silence on domestic violence, and especially of violence against children: Read more »

Whaleoil cartoon meant to create debate – creates debate


A cartoon posted online highlighting child abuse with t? moko, was posted with the intention to spark national debate around a controversial issue. The cartoon has angered a M?ori advocate calling it racist but an expert moko artist says the image does have its merits.

Naida Glavish surrounds herself with images of meaning in her office, but Whaleoil?s latest cartoon has her enraged.

?When I saw this picture I thought, racism is very much alive amongst us at the moment?, says Glavish.

The cartoon was recently published by blogger Cameron Slater. Mr. Slater told Te K?ea it was the first cartoon they’d posted by cartoonist Boom Slang, and it was a move to provoke debate around child abuse. Read more »


Scribble-face making a comeback?

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Most cultures advance as we learn more. After all Scots no longer paint their faces with woad, Vikings ceased raiding and the Danes eventually went home from England.

Here in NZ Maori continue to hanker for and wish for a return to the old ways…you know when the average life expectancy was around 30 and people scribbled on their faces.

For generations it seemed to have vanished, but journalist?Mihingarangi Forbes believes the ta moko and moko kauae (female chin tattoos) are making a comeback.

More and more she spots the tattoo upon the faces and chins of younger people. ? Read more »


Your tattoos mean nothing in Japan…nothing…get out!

I can’t believe the attitude of these people…scribble all over their face then get upset when in another country they get given the arse card.

A Maori woman has reportedly been refused entry to a public bath in Japan because of her ta moko facial tattoo.

Japanese news source the Mainichi reported that the 60-year-old Maori language lecturer had been in the town of Biratori for a conference on indigenous languages.

3 News reported that they understood the woman was Erana Brewerton, daughter of the late Dame Katerina Mataira.

Mainichi reported that the woman was in a group of 10 people who were refused entry to the baths because of her ta moko.

When one member of the group claimed the decision was discriminatory, staff reportedly said the facility prohibited entry to anyone with tattoos to put customers at ease.? Read more »

Rodney Hide on Tattoo outrage

Rodney Hide discusses Cry-baby Claire Nathan?and her outrage over being given the arse card at Air New Zealand over a tattoo.

No longer must we think through the consequences of our actions. This is very liberating. For Nathan, her dream was to work serving the diverse customers who fly Air NZ. In the past she would have had to think through personal decisions that might affect her chances of a job. Like having a tattoo on her arm.

Not any more. She can have her tattoo and Air NZ is wrong to object.? Read more »

Human Wrongs Commission bombs a case

Yesterday we had the Cry Baby of the Week, Claire Nathan,?bleating because Air New Zealand didn’t want her and her tattoo to be working as a trolley dolly.

Today the Director of Human Rights Proceedings has copped a flogging in a similar story, which probably means the trolley dolly case will similarly fail despite the whining.

A spit roast catering company has been awarded $15,000 in costs against the Director of Human Rights Proceedings after winning the right to ask an employee to cover up her tattoos.

The award by the Human Rights Review Tribunal, comes 18 months after it ruled there was no direct discrimination to the employee, Claire Haupini.

Under the legislation the director is liable to pay the costs rather than Haupini, because the director represented her in the failed case against her former employer.? Read more »

Cry Baby of the Day – Claire Nathan

Cry Baby: Claire Nathan


The incident: Claire Nathan applies for her “dream job” as a trolley dolly for Air New Zealand, she declares that she has a visible tattoo on her arm, commonly known as a job killer. Air New Zealand terminates the interview on the basis that their employment policy prohibits visible tattoos.? Read more »

People are Stupid, Ctd

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I have a tattoo…but it is on my shoulder and almost never sees the light of day. Others have what I call job killers…visible tattoos on hands and the face. Maori?unemployment?is already?woeful?without the added job killing effect of tattoos..confimring to me once again that quite simply people are stupid:

A Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi doctoral student claims 40 per cent of Maori women have or are thinking of getting a ta moko, but men have largely usurped the cultural practices around getting tattooed.

Mei Winitana’s thesis involved combing through the results of 129 online surveys where she asked participants about their views of Maori women and ta moko (which relates to tattoos on the body) or moko kauae, which is on the lips and chin.

She also interviewed 15 women who lived here or in Australia, and a group who had lived across the Tasman and returned.

One theme that emerged strongly was that there was confusion around the tikanga of getting a moko.