Haka fracas-don't hate me 'cause I'm white.
Now I'm not a big fan of beauty parades, let me get that out of the way for the get-go. So this post must be read carefully before you judge my point of view.
Background: New Zealand Miss Universe contestant Samantha Powell performed a haka as part of her performance to win the title. At the end she stuck out her tongue. Not the done thing, apparently. In Maori tradition women don't stick out their tongues. It's a guy thing. Tongue sticking out. …guys. Really important - like women being required to sit at the back of the room (even though in Maori there weren't any rooms).
Some Maori people have taken arms against Samantha Powell, criticising her for her lack of intimate knowledge of Maori protocol. I have to say, most Maori have little intimacy with their own culture. My own daughter is Te Aupouri, her great, great … grandfather signed the Treaty of Waitangi (our founding document). She pronounces Maori words well, but other than that…
There is an arrogant separatism emerging amongst media savvy Maori. They seem to want everything their own way. Most of New Zealand society accepts Maori culture as something to be shared. When it is (and on the world stage) they nit pick over the minutae… and in doing so alienate themselves from their most important constituents…New Zealanders.