Pākehā with facial moko divides Māori communityby Te Aniwa Hurihanganui
A Māori woman who has had a facial moko for 10 years is backing a life coach who also has one despite being Pākehā.
But the debate about whether or not Pākehā should be able to wear traditional moko has divided people in the Māori community.
Sally Anderson was a victim of gang rape in the 1980s and according to the Stuff website, she said the moko kauae was a symbol of triumph and new beginnings.
But Lynette Olsen who also wore a moko kauae, said the taonga should only be carried by Māori women.
"In the years that I've had my moko, I've travelled the world. We can go anywhere in the world and we're the only people that wear it, us wahine Māori.
"To have it used the way she's chosen to use it really doesn't sit well with me. In that moko kauae is our genealogy, I don't know how wahine Pākehā can do that."
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