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    Men in crude costumes mimic traditional welcome for cruise ship passengers at New Zealand port

    Princess Cruises says no offence was intended when men in crude costumes mimicked a traditional Maori welcome for passengers when their ship docked at a New Zealand port.


    The cruise company accused of using impersonators in grass skirts with "scribbles" on their faces to perform a traditional Maori welcome to New Zealand has apologised.

    Images posted on social media show a group of non-Maori men performing a powhiri, a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony, for Golden Princess cruise ship passengers at the Port of Tauranga on Monday.

    The men can be seen with black designs painted on their faces, which appear to be an attempt of mimicking traditional tattoos.

    A post criticising the cruise company from the Steve the Maori Facebook page has been shared more than 1,300 times.

    The administrator of the page took aim at the cruise company for having men "with careless scribbles on their faces wearing skirts which do not depict Maori culture which I personally find a disgrace".

    "I find it deplorable to blatantly lie to guests in a racist attempt to save money on local performers so they can sell photos… this practice needs to be discouraged," the post said.

    The post prompted a series of complaints on the Princess Cruises Facebook page.

    "What's with the fake pantomime powhiri by people who aren't tangata whenua in Tauranga?" one said.

    Others threatened to cancel their voyages with the cruise company.

    Paora Stanley, chief executive of Ngai Te Rangi (the local Maori tribe), told the New Zealand Herald the display was silly and insulting.

    He said local operators were available who could perform powhiri for guests to the area.

    "We can put you in touch with people who can do a far better, and appropriate, job," told the newspaper.

    "The cruise industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry. They've got some responsibility to do the right thing."

    The company did not return the ABC's request for comment on Tuesday afternoon but posted an apology in the comments section of a Facebook complaint.

    "We took immediate steps to address this sensitive situation," the statement said.

    "After being made aware of the situation, the ship's management team took action to withdraw the crew members from the area to prevent any further possibility of cultural insensitivity.

    "We give a complete assurance that no offence was ever intended, and we apologise unreservedly for what has happened."


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