Topic: Tā moko/Kirituhi

Native Affairs - Sky High Skin Deep 2

An update on the story we brought you last week on Air New Zealand's treatment of aspiring air hostess, Claire Nathan.

As you'll remember, Air New Zealand terminated Claire's interview when they discovered she has a traditional Maori tā moko on her forearm.

Claire was told that because of the tā moko, the only job she'd be allowed at Air New Zealand was in baggage or cargo.  The response to the story both here and internationally has been overwhelming.

From the ABC to the BBC everyone had something to say about Claire's tāmoko.

Everyone that is except Air New Zealand who refused to expand on their original statement to us that tattoos are considered frightening and intimidating.

So our reporter Billie Jo Hohepa Ropiha went to see if she could persuade someone from Air New Zealand to talk to us.