Airbnb ad: ‘No Maori’

Manukau Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - HAN­NAH MARTIN

On­line lodg­ing bro­ker Airbnb has re­moved multiple list­ings from an Auck­land-based host who re­fused to rent to Ma¯ori and Pasi­fika peo­ple.

A woman, who asked to re­main anony­mous, spot­ted the fourbed­room Flat Bush home on the site last week while look­ing for ac­com­mo­da­tion for fam­ily com­ing over from South Africa.

Among other, fairly stan­dard, house rules – no smok­ing, no pets, no par­ties – were the words ‘‘not suit­able for al­co­holism, smok­ing opium, no Ma¯ori peo­ple, no is­land peo­ple’’.

The woman said she found the post of­fen­sive and im­me­di­ately re­ported it to both Airbnb and the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion.

‘‘Com­ing from South Africa I thought I left all that racism be­hind. It was a huge shock to see it. There is no place in New Zealand for this.’’

Airbnb re­moved the ini­tial list­ing, but that didn’t de­ter the host. A sec­ond list­ing – with the same set of rules – ap­peared on the site just hours later, she said.

The sec­ond list­ing was later also re­moved. In Novem­ber, Airbnb launched its Com­mu­nity Com­mit­ment, to ‘‘make good on their mis­sion of be­long­ing’’ af­ter fac­ing crit­i­cism for in­ac­tion to­wards dis­crim­i­na­tion and bias on the site. Those who don’t abide by the com­mu­nity com­mit­ment face be­ing re­moved from the plat­form.

On­line lodg­ing bro­ker Airbnb has re­moved multiple list­ings from an Auck­land-based host.

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