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Tattoos – Are they offensive? Artistic? A statement? Threatening? Of course it depends on what they are and where they are displayed. Air NZ was criticised for dismissing a potential hostess because she had a Maori motif on her forearm. Interesting situation given that their branding includes the koru and the use of tattooed celebrities to advertise Air NZ. I amnot against tattoos – in fact I’m not bothered. It is none of my business what people do with their bodies, unless that involves them crossing another person’s boundaries. Think blatant racist hate messages etc. I feel sorry for those who advertise their lack of smarts with tattoos like ‘‘no regerts’’ or ‘‘life in the fats lane’’. They definitely should not be hired! This is not a tattoo issue per se – this is a lack of intelligence. Increasingly community members are getting inked. I’d personally struggle to decide what I wanted to be branded with or be brave enough to do it. Last month I noticed some Wellington IT geeks (who I had previously viewed as conservative) with tattoos on their hands, arms and one gorgeous lady even had an inscription on the back of her neck. This looked elegant. X Factor judge Stan Walker has a tattoo on his neck ‘‘Ataahua’’, which is Maori for ‘‘beautiful’’. And many of our All Blacks are also proudly inked. Sometimes I think we are quick to judge. If the tattoos aren’t scary or intimidating why shouldn’t our hostesses have them? Surely people travelling to New Zealand are visiting for a taste of New Zealand? If it’s good enough for Air NZ planes to be ‘‘tattooed’’ then why isn’t it good enough for their staff? Do you agree with Air NZ? ◗ Amy Scott is a former lawyer turned professional speaker who is passionate about effective communication and communities.
Maori symbol: The Air New Zealand Airbus A320 proudly displays a koru but should Maori motifs be displayed on staff?