Maori Dance Ritual Offends Danish MP During Trip to New Zealand

A member of Denmark’s parliament has expressed offense and revulsion over the welcome she was given by New Zealand officials on a recent visit to that country. Marie Krarup described her arrival at a New Zealand military installation:

When we came to a naval base, we were not received with a handshake or salute by uniformed men as usual. No, we were welcomed with a Maori dance ritual, with a half-naked man in grass skirt, shouting and screaming in Maori. It’s a mystery to me how the poor naval officers could endure both the ceremony and the surroundings.

Denmark does not maintain an embassy in New Zealand, however, the Danish ambassador in Australia quickly moved to assuage the sudden controversy that erupted over Krarup’s remark by explaining the New Zealanders are doing the best they can.

These events as well as the specific event during the welcome ceremony referred to by Mrs Krarup reflects for me the sincere wish of the New Zealand hosts to bid me welcome in the best possible way, namely through a Maori ceremony of welcome that has been a tradition for generations.

New Zealand media have denounced the European remarks as racist.


48 Comments on "Maori Dance Ritual Offends Danish MP During Trip to New Zealand"

  1. mxyzptlk | Apr 9, 2013 at 4:33 pm |

    They’ve never heard of the haka in Denmark?

    • Rhoid Rager | Apr 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm |

      Yeah, no shit, they’ve never caught a World Cup game in Denmark?

    • Of course we have, but Marie Krarup is one of a handful village idiots in parliament. She’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and is well known here for saying exceptionally stupid things every time she opens her mouth. It’s just our damn luck that she’s become her party’s defence spokeswoman, with the embarrassing implication that she now gets to spout her nonsense while representing Denmark. Believe me, most Danes are horribly embarrassed by the incident. 🙁

  2. WTF, this woman is behaving like some ignorant provincial bigot or an Amerkan. You’d think that at least in Denmark their politicians would have some minimum level of cultural sensitivity. Bitch.

    • I guess your own “grass is greener” provincialism got the best of you. (see: English Defence League, National Front, Geert Wilders and 1,000 other Europeans that make the worst of America look tame; the fairy tale of European progressive sophistication that North America’s unworldly left dreams about always gives me a chuckle – Europe is the most dreadful continent on the planet Earth, and Europeans the most terrible people bar none)

      Las Malvinas Son Argentinas

      • Could be. If it had been a politician from the US, I would not have been at all surprised because I have come to expect this kind of behavior from them. Guess I momentarily forgot ignorance and bigotry know no bounds. Still, we gotta have a higher percentage of these kinda idjits in the US than they do in Denmark. They are not infested with millions of illiterate religious fanatics the way the US is.
        I have no illusions that Europe is some bastion of enlightened, spohisticated, peaceful people.
        Also, you know, painting an entire continent and its people as dreadful and terrible seems a bit reductive. There are decent people everywhere, even in Texas.

        • “Still, we gotta have a higher percentage of these kinda idjits in the US than they do in Denmark.”

          France has 3 fascists in the National Assembly. Not like “oh, that dastardly Republican is voting to cut school lunches – he’s such a fascist!” kind-of hyperbole fascists, but actual, real-life members of a declared fascist party. Some members of the UK House of Commons belong to political parties with an armed party paramilitary branch. The Scandinavian nations all have official state churches. The Czech Republic is currently in court over the government’s refusal to desegregate its whites-only schools and allow Roma minority to attend (50 years after Brown vs. Board in the U.S.). Switzerland is trying to ban mosque construction. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

          The desperation with which American leftists like to believe their country is some fortress of intolerance in a sea of progressive, libertine idealism is always a riot; I guess you guys think it makes you seem sophisticated or erudite, when it just makes you look like a bunch of left-wing versions of Sarah Palin.

          Still, your “gosh, gee-whiz!” provincialism is amusing in an innocent, childlike way.

          • Daenerys_Targaryen | Apr 10, 2013 at 11:17 am |

            What a load of crap, immigration threatens our people as the Maoris lost much of their culture. Ethnic preservationists (‘fascists’) tend to have sympathy for other indigenous groups round the world, and they to understand our perspective.

          • Indigenous peoples as well as immigrants need to realize that culture is not holy. It’s a technology for survival, and it can be dysfunctional. Cultures need to evolve and interbreed.

          • Daenerys_Targaryen | Apr 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm |

            Wow an advocacy not only for white extinction, but for that of the Maori as well.

          • Jin The Ninja | Apr 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm |

            indigenous identity is not legally tied to blood quantum.

            there is NOTHING wrong with adding a little chocolate to white milk;)

          • Or vice versa.

          • Jin The Ninja | Apr 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm |

            of course;), look at me, technically if i broke it down to percentages i’d be a wild concoction. i’m no parts pure soya milk, or cafe au lait;)

          • Karen Jane | Apr 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm |

            Yes whether or it could be argued that cultures “need” to interbreed with others to evole, the reality is that that they do. The “aboriginal” or “status” populations of Canada have been interbreeding with Europeans and Asians for 10 to 20 generations now.

            That is why the current push to put the rights of “indigenous” people over all others needs to be revealed as to what it is – a globalist strategy to divide the populations of the Earth into “indigenous” and “non-indigenous” similar to the way the same entities divided the populations of the Russian Empire into “proletariat” and ‘bourgeoise” for the ultimate purpose of seizing lands and resources that actually belong to all of us . . . and, in the true native sense, to none of us.

            The “indigenous” are just a stepping stone. Just look at who owns Russia now.

          • Jin The Ninja | Apr 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm |

            lol. all i can say really, is that is totally false, mis-contextualised from the discussion, and just devoid of reason.

          • Karen Jane | Apr 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm |

            Oh? Have you not read the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People?

            For the record, my ancestors have been in North America since the 1600s and intermarried with native ladies when they arrived yet I’m now referred to as a “settler” or “colonist” in my home and native land.

          • Jin The Ninja | Apr 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm |

            not only have i read it, i support it. and if you are metis (which btw my grandfather was), then you should also support it- instead of conclude inane alex jones globalist conspiracy theories regarding it. even with indigenous blood, i’m a settler because i’m also descended the french settlers who came here (also in the 1680s), there is no reason to hide or obfuscate the fact we live on stolen land- that the entire justification for our nation-state is held on a false premise.

          • Nobody said life was fair.

          • Mind you, I believe immigrants have far more to learn from indigenous peoples than vice versa. My view is intercultural rather than multicultural. But if you believe change equals death, then you’re not very mature.

          • Jin The Ninja | Apr 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm |

            most indigenous peoples in the commonwealth no longer practice their traditions, years and years of residential schools, reservations and political marginalisation worked towards that. which is why indigenous peoples can be very protective of the culture they do have, because they’ve had to fight to reclaim it.

            as an interesting side note, both in canada and NZ, indigenous peoples are some of the most multi-racial in the entire population. a recent report from statscan came out saying 60% of self-identified french canadians in sask, alberta and manitoba have at least 1 aboriginal ancestor. 10% of west coast native people have chinese ancestry, a huge number of nova scotian black-canadians have miq maq ancestry. 40% of all aboriginal peoples in the US/Canada are of mixed-parentage, and most aboriginal women now marry non-aboriginal men. i can’t specify the exact numbers from NZ, but i know quite a large population is mixed-maori, whether self-identified or not, and most maori are mixed. in canada the mixed-aboriginal population experienced ethnogenesis sometimes in the 1790s and became the ‘metis’ which culturally became a hybrid of european and indigenous culture.
            i’d go so far as to posit that both of these (albeit diverse) populations were already inclined to intermarry and adopt new cultures which is what happened pre-contact with inter-tribal relations.

            the same sort of analysis of multi-raciality is applicable to EVERY former colonial country- mauritius, madagascar, trinidad, jamaica, sri lanka, singapore, etc etc etc.

  3. Chaos_Dynamics | Apr 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm |

    Quote: “We were not received with a handshake or salute by uniformed men as usual”.

    Interpretation: “We were not received in a militaristic, regimented, authoritarian, dominating, hierarchical, bureaucratic, obedient fashion”.

    Arf she said.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Apr 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm |

    another bigoted Northern European
    not an unusual story given the history of the US
    a kuntery filled with a majority population of bigoted Northern Europeans

    I wonder what this story was supposed to cover up
    another move on Kim Dotcom?

  5. Jin The Ninja | Apr 10, 2013 at 1:20 am |

    i could say i’m surprised…or even half-raised an eyebrow, but that’d be a wild exaggeration.

    what i will say is- nudity in denmark is very widely accepted and practiced- the only reason she mentioned this- is because they dancers were brown.

    • Us Māori are pretty damn scary when we get naked and start screaming at each other, especially when we’re greeting people into one of our “Māori Temples” *facepalm.

      • Jin The Ninja | Apr 10, 2013 at 10:34 am |

        lol you mean those huge stone pyramids NZ is so famous for?:P
        i’m sure she thought she was being lead to a ‘virgin’ sacrifice. poor blond girl.
        mayans, maoris, they’re all the same…

    • Daenerys_Targaryen | Apr 10, 2013 at 11:23 am |

      Its probably widely accepted and practiced in Denmark if its in a nudist camp.

      Stop making things out worse than they are, shes an idiot not a Nazi.

      • Jin The Ninja | Apr 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm |

        she’s a member of a far-right party so- she’s close enough, but i never implied she was a nazi; however, she is surely a racist, and her party represents fascist anti-immigration, anti muslim, xenophobic policies. draw your own conclusion. and no, nudity in denmark is totally acceptable- there are no ‘nude beaches’ simply because you can sunbathe in a park nude, and people do.

  6. This made me laugh; “a half-naked man in grass skirt, shouting and screaming in Maori.”. She was greeted with a haka pōwhiri and a wero, a ceremonial welcoming haka. I can only imagine what she would have thought if she was “greeted” with a peruperu war dance, whēterotero included (the protruding of the tongue, which basically means “once I’ve killed you, I’m going to eat you”).

    You’d think a political diplomat would;
    A) Read up on the culture of a foreign nation before they arrive
    B) Be a little more tactful when expressing their opinion of said culture.

    • betchya
      thered be a few “uncivilised” traditions in denmark aswell! lol…
      which brings me to the ultimate question Maori Warrior Vs a Viking
      Beserker…. which one would win? one could say that the Maori would, as
      theyre culture is still around, unlike the vikings….. i think you and i maybe a bit biased there! hehehe

      • haha I think it would be safe to say the Viking Berserker would win (iron / steel weapons vs stone, wood, bone). Also Berserkers had shields and probably some semblance of armour whereas the Maori fought naked. Although a hardened Maori warrior definitely wouldn’t shy away from the challenge.

    • Matt Staggs | Apr 10, 2013 at 10:26 am |

      It’s just ignorance on her part, and probably isn’t representative of her nation or its citizens as a whole. All of us have our village idiots, and many of them are politicians. I live in America’s Deep South, and my friends and I would jump at the chance to see a Maori ceremony of any kind. Hell, I bet our garden variety rednecks would love it too. I can hear my neighbors saying in a thick, respectful draw “Them Maoris are bad-ass, boy.” You probably couldn’t keep me away. Well, maybe if you tell me you’re going to kill me and eat me.

      • Calypso_1 | Apr 10, 2013 at 11:41 am |

        I for one would LOVE to see a joint Maori-Redneck party. Must include Muddin & Frog Giggin.

        • I would like to RSVP for this party. While not from the south I can provide giggin poles if needed.

      • I doubt anyone would think this women’s opinion represents the collective view of the Danish people, although too many people were offended by her opinion, which means absolutely nothing to anyone. If you ever find yourself in NZ you’ll definitely get to see a haka and don’t worry, we haven’t been cannibals since the early-mid 20th century 😉 The authentic kapa haka groups can really put on a show.

  7. Alkwerte Alk | Apr 10, 2013 at 6:44 am |

    And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the definition of ethnocentrism

  8. geminihigh | Apr 10, 2013 at 9:13 am |

    I thought the Danes pride themselves on being a fair, tolerant people? I think the majority of the populace of Denmark are likely just that, but the elites of that society are high in the running for the title of the most bigoted people in the world ( my vote would have to go to the Japanese, even though most of them would vehemently deny it, if not even realize that they are bigots, yet who craft unique, disparaging classifications for anyone who is not Japanese.) The Danish royalty and the upper crust of that society know their true origins… Denmark… the Mark of Dan. The “lost” tribe that believes the world is theirs to own and command, the lion’s whelp, the adder in the path… Easy to understand this bitch’s sentiments in that context. God damned half-naked savages!

  9. what a moron.

  10. Daniel Gill | Apr 10, 2013 at 11:42 am |

    been said already but this is just typical of New Zealand culture which has been inclusive with New Zealand’s indigenous peoples. this isn’t anything out of the ordinary. wish Canada was more like this

  11. ParanoidCoast | Apr 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm |

    Full independence for Greenland can’t come any sooner from the likes of her and her kind.

  12. Simon Selvfed | Apr 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm |

    She’s from the racist party of Denmark called Dansk Folkeparti (they may object to being called racists, but they mainly are) so this is really just what is to be expected from her. Other party members have said that muslims are like cancer cells and that they rape their own daughters… They’re ignorant and take info out of context to stir up debate… Just like this. They’re the most trolling of parties in Denmark. You can’t win with them.

  13. Simon Selvfed | Apr 11, 2013 at 4:59 am |

    People here are absolutely ignorant when it comes to Denmark and the culture… You should stop to think about those comments and realize that some of you are just bashing another nation, just like Krarup the Danish MP was…

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