Photoshopped haka images create a stir online

  • Auckland

Photoshopped images of kaihaka from the rōpū Te Whānau-a-Apanui have created an uproar on social media.

MoreFM shared a post on their Facebook page with a number of photos of two members of the group in particular, Tiare Tawera and Rawiri Waititi. 

The images of these two performers were manipulated which saw their faces being moved to their stomachs and other faces being superimposed on their bodies as well as a number of other parody images of the individuals.

This morning, Te Kāea asked followers what their thoughts were on the images.

The post has already attracted much attention, with some saying the photos posted are "a deliberate mockery to Maori" and that "defacing people's photos is a form of Whakaiti."

Although the majority agreed that the photos are of a degrading and demeaning nature, there were also those who took a more light-hearted approach and said that people just needed to "lighten up a bit".

One person posed the question "What's the difference between that and something like bro-town or even Billy T James?".

Comments on the thread continue to flow as this becomes one of the top topics of discussion.

You can view the thread on our Te Kāea Facebook Page.

We will have more on this tonight on Te Kāea at 5:30pm.