New Zealand author comes under fire for racist comment about Maori Foreign Minister’s face tattoo

The author dubbed a facial tattoo on Nanaia Mahuta ‘uncivilised’

A New Zealand author whose book was dropped by online retailer Mighty Ape after she made derisive comments about Nanaia Mahuta’s moko (traditional Maori tattoo) says she is a victim of “woke culture”.

Mighty Ape ceased sales of Olivia Pierson’s book Western Values Defended: A Primer after it was alerted to a tweet in which Pierson posted a link to a Stuff story about Mahuta’s appointment with what many construed as a racist comment.

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“Really?” she wrote. “The face of NZ’s new Foreign Minister? Facial tattoos are not exactly a polished, civilised presentation for a foreign diplomat in the 21st century. Ffs [for f…’s sake]! Jacinda [Ardern] has gone full wokelette on stilts.”