Mar 2, 2021

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Dane MP labelled racist after NZ visit

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(Stuff.co.nz) by NICOLE PRYOR

Hate mail from angry New Zealanders is landing on the desk of a Danish MP who ridiculed her Maori welcome.

Right-wing politician Marie Krarup dubbed the powhiri an “uncivilised” ritual, and marae a “grotesque” mark of multicultural worship.

Krarup, in an opinion piece in Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende, said she was shocked to be welcomed by a dancing, barely-clothed man, instead of a handshake or salute.

“When we came to a naval base, we were not received with a handshake or salute by uniformed men as usual,” she wrote.

“No, we were welcomed with a Maori dance ritual, with a half-naked man in grass skirt, shouting and screaming in Maori.”

Krarup, who was in New Zealand on a defence committee visit in March, said the man performed “strange rituals and poked his tongue out”.

She said she felt like an “idiot” when giving a hongi, and was relieved to catch a big kiss on the cheek by one man instead of the traditional nose touching.

When it was time to sing, Krarup said the waiata sounded like a Danish children’s song about a happy ladybird. She said it was accompanied by a “kindergarten-teacher-guitar-accompaniment”.

The marae, or “Maori temple”, was a form of cultural self-destruction, according to Krarup.

“It was decorated with God-figures with angry faces and large erect penises,” she said.

“It’s a mystery to me how the poor naval officers could endure both the ceremony and the surroundings.”

Krarup told Berlingske Nyhedsbureau she had received hate mail from New Zealanders calling her a racist, and insisted she did not look down upon Maori.

She did, however, question why “European New Zealanders” were not able to “defend their culture”,reported the Copenhagen Post.

“It sounds like I look down on the Maori,” Krarup told Berlingske.

“Indeed I’m not, even though the culture is very foreign to me.”

Danes living in New Zealand were appalled at the comments.

Dorthe Siggaard, 49, who has lived in New Zealand for 12 years, said Krarup does not represent what Danes think about Maori culture.

Of course this is embarrassing – we are not proud of these comments,” she said.

Krarup is against anything to do with Islam, immigration – anything. It is no surprise she has made comments about indigenous people.”

Krarup is a member of parliament for the Danish People’s Party, which is described as a very right-wing party by political commentators.

Its goals were to protect the freedom and cultural heritage of the Danish people, and limit immigration.

Borge Petersen, the Danish ambassador in Canberra, said he had been welcomed to New Zealand by powhiri several times.

These events as well as the specific event during the welcome ceremony referred to by Mrs Krarup reflects for me the sincere wish of the New Zealand hosts to bid me welcome in the best possible way, namely through a Maori ceremony of welcome that has been a tradition for generations,” he said.

“At the same time I feel the ceremony reflects the traditions and culture of New Zealand in general and thus gives me an insight into the history of New Zealand. All in all I see this as positive.”

He said he had the “deepest respect” for people of Maori descent.

– Fairfax NZ News

19 thoughts on “Dane MP labelled racist after NZ visit

  1. Danes didnt they rape,rob, England cross breed with the Poms,who then invaded Aotearoa so the same mongrol breed came to n.z.to do the same
    so what do YOU expect from Racist Dane MP.

    kia kaka kia toa tanga tu tanga ora !

    Arikiwhenue

  2. I do not agree at all with what she said, but half these comments in return have stooped to her level as they are just as racist in return….. WE ARE NEW ZEALANDERS. I am so sick of hearing the opinions of the whos who, and the I was here first, New Zealand is its own land…. WE ALL CAME BY BOAT…. and now…. we who love her are its people….. fuckin get over it, move on, I am not reasponsible for anyone living nor anyone in the past just because they have the same skin colour…. there are wankers and bad people in all areas of race, religeon, country, suburb, street, tribe…. we are all INDIVIDUALLY different, RESPECT THAT, or things will never improve….. the best people who represent that are the All Blacks….. because it doesnt matter who you are, if youre worthy and you strive for this country then you represent it….. together, and win.

    1. In full agreeance. He iwi tahi tatou – We are one people. But what must remembered is, to be Maori is ingrained. Just as it is to be Asian, Pakeha, Indian, Pacific Island etc. One must remember who they are. I believe it is this that makes our country and as you so eloquently pointed out, the All Blacks successful. We embrace all cultures and never forget our own; never letting one, overcome the other.

  3. Interesting. A woman who is against immigration and scorns “New Zealand Europeans” for not defending their culture.I wouldn’t liken her comically gaudy blindness to a bat as much as I would a mole. Consider a woman who is against migration, yet fails to recognize that the so called “New Zealand European” was and is, the ‘migrant’. Would it not then stand that Maori, as the rightful indigenous, “defend their culture” as is so boldly advocated? Consider then, a woman who condemns those who do not defend their culture; where clearly, “a half naked man” stands before you taiaha in hand. Do not be mislead by the facade that is the Pakeha institution. Our typically European metropoli’ are merely ideological commodities. This country is no more unicultural, than it is bi-cultural and multicultural. Any preconceived notions of New Zealand still as a European colony is outdated and inaccurate (to say the least). European culture is not the only culture here and certainly not, dare i say (i do), the preeminent one. However, I will take the high ground here and salute contemporary New Zealand in saying ‘He iwi tahi tatou’.
    While yes, we are all entitled to our opinions, i will affirm in saying “i recognize your opinion, but i choose to ignore it because it’s a dumb-ass one” Samuel.L.Jackson
    #foryourconsideration

    1. Kia ora Ngarangi well structured patai. I feel personally some people do get self obsorbed in thier personal beliefs that they believe what they see/hear to be gospel to the bone. However those cultures who feel the need to be dominant/ignorant over another must realise no matter how they come across through whatever means they will never take away our identity.

  4. Political Correctness was invented by communist USSR, now it is used in New Zealand to try and silence anyone with a view that doesn’t fit the mainstream. Anyone that criticises Maori culture is called a racist, but anyone can criticise European culture without fear of being called a racist. I think the Danish MP got it exactly correct, and I bet there are other people that feel the same but are to frightened to speak out.

    1. She sounds all kaarap to me, Maoritanga is what distinguishes us from any other country in the world. Its what makes us different to Australians,Americans and any other nation. If you don’t like what you see or hear, stay home and never venture out of your own little kingdom. Be narrow minded and criticise whomever you want.

    2. Do I think there is PC in NZ yes I do, I do think she’s entitled to express her opinion why get all angry about these comments. Did I cry with hurt no, it made me think.
      Everybody taking the moral high ground, personally I think Maori should get ahead, through education whatever it so happens to be. Uni, book, rock, tree. Through self education etc, blah blah blah this is where she makes a good point though. She is hinting at the institutionalisation of culture, need I say more.
      Culture can be a big weight around ones shoulders, and create a certain illusion about what a culture is. You tell me what culture is, and I can tell you something quite different.
      There is a time and place for tikanga, but to police it constantly shows that it has become too solidified in your mind. You become an unthinking robot. After all is not life fluid and changing. Don’t be offended by these comments by this woman there just her opinion

    1. agree, get that porn away from our rangatira. keep it in the video shops or magazines or sign up for it to have it viewed via internet and not it being free for all to view.

      1. lol that is coming from someone living in a country where prostitution is legal. I am a new zealander and have always been embarrassed by the Maori dance to welcome foreigners. Finally someone criticise it, but the politically correct nazis attack them for their view.

        1. its racists like you that follow despots like Hitler.If you don’t like maori culture then move to Denmark,i’m sure they will welcome you with open arms and give you a swazstika to on your arm

        2. Damian , Maori culture in this country is strong because Maori would not let arrogant Europeans such as yourself take over this country as u have tried to do in the past. Maori welcomed all people to our lands and you foreigners took our hospitality for granted and think u have the right to tell us how to live in our own country. You r not a New Zealander just a wannabe. If out culture embarrasses you then move back to Afghanistan .

  5. Tena koutou katoa: Ko ia he waihine o teka nui. Ko ia he kuri kino. What a ignorant racist tauiwi. Extremely disrespectful. She reminds me of a rabid mongrel, and we all know what is best for a mongrel dog…do we not? She has nothing but my utter disdain and contempt. If she ever comes back to this land, she will receive a welcome of another kind. Kia-ora.

    1. Opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one!
      She sees the Powhiri as “uncivilised”, and she’s entitled to her opinion.
      You immediately call her a “rabid mongrel dog” and “racist”, and you’re entitled to your opinion too.
      But answer me this, are you any better than her?? I would say not!

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