An online gambling game featuring Māori symbols has outraged health advocates, who say it’s “bastardising” the culture.
The slot machine-style game released by Czech developer Endorphina depicts Māori men and women, and uses iconic imagery such as pounamu, waka, bone carvings – and the haka Ka Mate.
Images are described by the game makers as being a “golden symbol with stuck out tongue”, or a “canoe with Māori voyagers”.
The game, which is available to children, has come under fire from anti-gambling advocates who are concerned about the impact gambling has on Māori communities.
Māori health advocacy organisation Hapai Te Hauora’s general manager Anthony Hawke says Endorphina is “bastardising” New Zealand’s culture.
Health campaigners are complaining about a Czech computer game?
Presumably there are no actual health problems among Maori in New Zealand then?