In Tauranga they don’t turn frogs into handsome princes – they turn them into make-believe Maori

January 24, 2010

Alf wonders if it’s racially and/or culturally offensive for a Maori to accuse other Maori of being lazy.

He poses the question after reading the highly entertaining story in the HoS this morning about the tour operator who has been using fake Maori to attract tourists from cruise ships docking in Tauranga.

Discovery Heritage Group has been banned from Port of Tauranga land after rival companies complained it hired foreign workers to wear traditional Maori dress.

Company director Terina Puriri said she employed a range of nationalities, including French and Israelis, because local Maori were not willing to promote their heritage.

“Some of our Maori are too slack to promote themselves. Some of our Maori are too lazy to get out of bed to do that.

“They don’t turn up and it’s a known thing for Tauranga Maori to do that.”

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