Topic: Tā moko/Kirituhi

Native Affairs - Air New Zealand Moko Policy

Air New Zealand has decided there will be no change to its controversial moko policy. The announcement came as the result of a story Native Affairs broadcast about aspiring air hostess Claire Nathan whose interview with Air New Zealand was terminated because she has a moko on her forearm.

Air New Zealand refused to front on the issue but said it was reviewing its grooming policy.

Late last week Air New Zealand's Cultural Development Manager Andrew Baker released a statement saying 'International customers, particularly on Asian services, wouldn't feel comfortable interacting with staff with visible tattoos in the close confines of an aircraft', so the moko ban remains.

To discuss this issue Public law Specialist and commentator Mai Chen, Professor of Maori Studies Dr Ranginui Walker and Deborah Pead of Pead PR joined Native Affairs.

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