Australian-based Maori man speaks out after being refused restaurant entry because of his ta moko
Last weekend, a Maori man living in Australia got kicked out of a restaurant because the bouncer didn’t like the look of his face.
Gary Harding is a rugby league coach and cultural adviser for Maori and Pasifika youth at a Melbourne corrections centre.
But last Saturday, his ta moko was the reason a bouncer wouldn’t let him eat at a Melbourne restaurant.
On its website, the restaurant, Village Belle, asks guests to wear neat, casual attire; but there’s actually no mention of tattoos.
Speaking to The Project from Melbourne on Friday night, Harding said the bouncer told his ta moko “wasn’t a good look”.
“It took me a couple of days to mull over the incident; think about what we’re going to do with it.
“Me and my partner had the discussion, and the whole point about putting it out there was sharing our culture to the world.
“It’s about educating people around ‘this is who we are, and we’re proud of our culture’.”
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is a well known phrase. In this instant the Aussies prove they don’t give a stuff about our special people and their culture. If it was here, the restaurant owner would be forced to pay $1,000’s to appease his hurty feelz.