Airbnb ad: ‘No Maori’
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.