Ta moko is only for Maori, says expert

Drive 22/05/2018
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A Pakeha woman is facing backlash from Maori due to her sporting a traditional Ta moko.

Sally Anderson, the owner of life coaching agency Evolved Leadership, had the facial tattoo done several years ago by Auckland artist Inia Taylor, Stuff reports.

She believes the tattoo represents her turning a corner in her life after being gang raped by Mongrel Mob members as a teen.

Ryan Bridge is joined by Associate Professor Mera Lee-Penehira, Te Whare Wanaga o Awanuiarangi to talk about the Ta moko and why it is so scared to Maori.

It’s not actually about her being a white woman - it’s about her being a Pakeha.

“The right to wear moko is a birth right. It’s a right Maori woman, and Maori men, have in terms of full facial tattoo,” she told RadioLIVE.

“It’s the right which we gain through our whakapapa – our genealogy.”

Listen to the full interview with Mera Lee-Penehira above.

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