Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Gingerbread haka in hot water #2

Some of you may recall that I wrote a gentle, light-hearted spoof last month regarding the "Gingerbread Haka" advertisement and the possible reaction to it by holier-than-thou sections of the New Zealand public.

Well, according to New Zealand's, unbelievably enough the advertisement has, in fact, upset some members of the North Shore Maori community who feel the video borders on being culturally insensitive.

According to Northcote's Awataha Marae spokesman Anthony Wilson:

"It's easy to grab a cultural icon like the haka and use it, but unless you use it in an appropriate manner it can be very misleading in terms of what it represents.

"There's an obvious disconnection between the haka and gingerbread men," he says.

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. This would certainly be a much funnier spoof than the one I produced if it wasn't true. You really couldn't make it up.

For those who haven't yet seen the video, and at the risk of offending you, here it is again:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Check out the 2008 follow-up to last year's Gingerbread Haka at