tagged for use of te reo Māori
A candidate has been forced to spend an afternoon scrubbing his election signs after they were tagged over his use of te reo Māori.
Troy Mihaka, who is standing for Integrity New Zealand in the Rongotai electorate, decided to write the authorisation on his hoardings in te reo Māori.
On Monday, two days after the sign went up on the corner of Ira St and Devonshire Rd in Miramar, he discovered one had been spray painted with the word "English."
“As a Māori candidate, I decided I wanted to write my signs in our traditional language, of course with the branding for the party I kept the bulk of it in English, with the authorisation statement being written in te reo Māori.”