Whānau and business taking legal action for use of minor’s portrait

Talisa Kupenga

Kei te tū ngā pihi o ngā mātua o Zjana Marsh-Richards, he tekau mā tahi ōna tau, i te whakamahinga o tōna whakaahua hei hoko rawa i runga i te whārangi ipurangi o fineartamerica. He whakaahua kaare i whakaae ai ōna mātua kia kapohia e Brent Snow i ngā tari o te rangapū whakaahua o Soldiers Rd i tērā tau. Ā, hei tā rātou, kātahi rā te mahi taurekareka.

Koinei te pikitia o Zjana Marsh-Richards i tuku atu ki fineartamerica hei hoko mo te roanga o te kotahi tau.

E ai ki te māmā o Zjana a Vanya Marsh, "We did the portrait for mum and dad, their little Māori princess, not somebody else’s to be on a mug or a shower curtain. Gosh, now that I'm saying it it's really quite awful."

Hei tā ngā kaiwhakahaere o Soldiers Rd a Taaniko raua ko Vienna Nordstrom, "Our kaupapa (work) we believe in so strongly and we're trying to un-do this exact thing."

Ina tata nei ka rīria nga ringatoi o fineartamerica na te hoko atu o nga ringatoi i nga tā ahurea Māori. Ko etahi he pikitia tūpuna  Lindauer e rite ana te ahua ki tā tēra o Soldiers Rd Portraits.

"It was hard for me to put Zjana in the same context. They're basically exploiting her," hei tā Marsh.

Hei tā Taaniko, "I felt like me and Vienna had let them down not only from a business point of view but like as Māori and that really hurt.”

Ka whai te whanau o Zjana ratou ko Soldiers Rd I te ara o te ture. E manako ana, ka ture te kimi tono whakaaetanga i mua i te tango pikitia o nga tangata e pupuri ana i nga ahurea rereke, i mua tonu i te hokotanga atu mo te putea.  

E ai ki a Marsh, “I'm hoping this negative experience will educate people.”

Hei tā ngā wāhine o te Kamupene Soldiers Rd, "we're going to take it to respect and honour the mana (integrity) of Zjana, and also to respect and honour our tupuna (ancestor) whose images have been exploited and to stop this from happening.”

Inaeanei kua tangohia te pikitia mai te wharangi ipurangi. I tono a Te Kāea ki fineartamerica ano ki te ringatoi Bruce Snow hoki engari kaore ano kia whakahoki korero mai.