who stole his tā moko image and is selling it
Well-known Māori advocate Rangi McLean is taking legal action against a German artist over the unauthorised use of his tā moko image.
The Manurewa Marae chairman posed as part of a wider group of 22 Māori for well-known and highly respected New Zealand photographer Michael Bradley.
His portfolio - The Puaki Exhibition - portrayed the participants with their tā moko. Bradley then used digital technology to show what they looked like without their facial tattoos. The exhibition highlighted the suppression of tikanga (Māori culture) and Te Ao Māori (the unique Māori worldview) during New Zealand's colonial period and its subsequent reclamation.