Rodney writing at his best

June 2nd, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Rodney gets better week after week as a writer. Today in the HoS:

’s rejection of would-be cabin crew member Claire Nathan because of the ta moko on her forearm highlights how New Zealand is developing and unfolding in new and exciting ways.

No longer must we think through the consequences of our actions. This is very liberating. For Nathan, her dream was to work serving the diverse customers who fly Air NZ. In the past she would have had to think through personal decisions that might affect her chances of a job. Like having a tattoo on her arm.

Not any more. She can have her tattoo and Air NZ is wrong to object.

The second great development is that you don’t have to suffer the consequences of your decisions in embarrassed silence. You can trumpet poor treatment in the media and instantly become the victim.

The third is that we are quick to spot any hint of racism. Nathan is Maori. Maori traditionally had . Therefore, Air NZ is discriminatory and racist. We have yet another opportunity to prove again that we are ever-vigilant in battling the scourge of racism.

As I said choices have consequences.

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38 Responses to “Rodney writing at his best”

  1. Johnboy (16,059 comments) says:

    Nothing enhances the look of a beautiful woman more than a tattoo on her chin, or arm, or for that matter a ring thru her nose, or heaven forbid somewhere else! :)

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  2. MT_Tinman (3,130 comments) says:

    I’ve never had a woman with a ring on her “somewhere else” Johnboy, I’ll have to take your word for it.

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  3. Johnboy (16,059 comments) says:

    All my pigs have always had rings in their noses MT! :)

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  4. nasska (11,277 comments) says:

    Give her a flax skirt, shove a takahe bone through her nose & finish the job off.

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  5. Johnboy (16,059 comments) says:

    I never had the heart to pierce them anywhere else. Even bastards like me have feelings! :)

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  6. Manolo (13,571 comments) says:

    Who could be opposed to lovely Stone Age ornaments and decorations?

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  7. Johnboy (16,059 comments) says:

    Uhhhh……. Redbaiter Manolo? :)

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  8. KevinH (1,217 comments) says:

    I await with anticipation Rodney’s tell all book: “How a bought and paid for politician had an epiphany”.

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  9. OneTrack (3,019 comments) says:

    KevinH – Nasty. Are you a left-winger by any chance?

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  10. stigie (1,101 comments) says:

    That “somewhere else” must be a beautiful place Johnboy ?

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  11. itstricky (1,797 comments) says:

    I don’t think anyone except Rodney has thus far used the ‘r’ word; he’s introducing it.

    Manolo gets to use “stone agers” again! Hurrah. So stoked. Never would have guessed.

    Next time I see any post that has the word “Maori” in it I’ll get it in before him. One wonders whether he can string any more words together than “stone” and “age”.

    Looks like he hasn’t progressed his English capacity further than the “bronze age”. Ugh.

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  12. Johnboy (16,059 comments) says:

    Finally itstricky drags us males back down to reality.

    Deep down we have always known that fatarse Murri wahines with moko’s are the beautious creatures that we all aspire to shag! :)

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  13. Manolo (13,571 comments) says:

    @itstricky, yep. I’ll give up the term once your adored compatriots give up the pursue of child-abusing/killing, preferential treatment, perks, dole-bludging, and all sort of advantages, let alone Treaty of Waitangi claim/compensation.

    Unlike you, I’m not a do-gooder. Get real, comrade. Haere ra.

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  14. Paul Marsden (995 comments) says:

    Actions..?? Consequences..?? You made the choice girly, build a bridge and get over it (Note for diary..NEVER employ you)

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  15. eszett (2,401 comments) says:

    As I said choices have consequences.

    As does Air New Zealand’s choice to have a policy to not allow tattoos on their crew members.

    Amusingly Rodney just points out the choice and consequence of Claire Nathan and at the same time he laments that there is actually a consequence for the choice that the Air New Zealand has made.

    Not the most consistent argument.

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  16. Psycho Milt (2,410 comments) says:

    …there is actually a consequence for the choice that the Air New Zealand has made.

    There is indeed: aggro from clipboard-wielders. Still, if taxpayers genuinely do get to fork out for imposing ‘consequences’ on a service provider that would rather not have front-line staff with visible tatts, the take-home message will be that it’s time to review our commitment to forking out for such bollocks.

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  17. itstricky (1,797 comments) says:

    I’ll give up the term once your adored compatriots give up the pursue of child-abusing/killing…

    I’m surprised that your vocabulary extends to actual nouns to describe your targets without using the words “stone” and “age”.

    On the other hand, I’m not surprised that your compassion extends about as far as the classic “I’m a realist” line which is code for “I can’t be f*d helping, I’d rather sit on my own lard a* abusing others for their ills because it’s quite comfortable”.

    Stone age is your tag line and what’s slightly concerning is that you get up votes from KB each time you use it, meaning there’s a whole bunch of look-a-likes who get off on it as well. Something associated that is vaguely interesting is that you’d consider using the word “comrade” because I mearly chose to challenge you. You’re looking for up votes by suggesting anyone one who challenges you is a commie because that’ll get you friends. I’d say there’s a very scared little boy or girl in there looking for a lot of attention on a faceless medium.

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  18. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    Boring issue. Customers find tattoos offensive. Employers need customers. Plenty of employees in the offing. Therefore, those who have disqualified themselves, eff off. QED

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  19. eszett (2,401 comments) says:

    There is indeed: aggro from clipboard-wielders

    Not neccessarily. The public will decide whether that policy is sound or not.

    Air NZ has a policy and gets bad press because of it. They can decide how much of an issue it is to them and act accordingly.

    It’s called free market and freedom of speech. It’s what the right always holds up high. But hey, when it goes against how they think things should be, them it’s suddenly “PC gone mad.”

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  20. Redbaiter (8,528 comments) says:

    “Rodney gets better week after week as a writer.”

    Can’t agree with this comment. He seems pretty erratic in terms of quality to me. The subject article seems to be a bit wet. What the hell is he actually saying and why the hell can’t he just say it?

    To be frank I’m disappointed in Hide’s columns, and I really didn’t expect that much in the first place.

    Presuming he is capable, he really needs to hit a lot harder.

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  21. Reid (16,290 comments) says:

    The preciousness this issue is engendering amongst some Maori and the media reminds me of this preciousness and I just wish Fyfe would do to Claire AND the precious media precisely what Sir Robert did to that human wights lawyer.

    It won’t happen, but if it did, Air NZ’s public approval ratings would go through the roof, Fyfe would be a hero, and the media would be dealt a long overdue lesson in how to do its job properly, for a change.

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  22. Dennis Horne (2,388 comments) says:

    He who pays the piper call the tune
    Even Key is barking at the moon
    Might be cultural to show a tattoo
    But Maoris never made a brass razoo
    So serve your drinks on a waka you loon.

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  23. EmmaChisit (18 comments) says:

    Sorry to say that Rob Fyfe is no longer with Air NZ (mores the pity)

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  24. Johnboy (16,059 comments) says:

    It may be a cold night in hell before you can blame Rob for this Reid! :)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Fyfe

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  25. Johnboy (16,059 comments) says:

    This is the bloke you want..very good at getting things cleaned up! :)

    Mr Christopher Luxon

    Chief Executive Officer

    Christopher was appointed Group General Manager International Airline from May 2011 and took over the role of Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2013. Before joining Air New Zealand, he was President and CEO of Unilever Canada, based in Toronto, where he was responsible for leading Unilever’s $1.4 billion Canadian business and 1,500 employees. Christopher was also a key member of Unilever’s North American Leadership Team. A New Zealander, who graduated with a Master of Commerce in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury, Christopher began his Unilever career as a management trainee in 1993.

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  26. calendar girl (1,215 comments) says:

    “Air NZ has a policy and gets bad press because of it. They can decide how much of an issue it is to them and act accordingly.”

    Bad press? You must be kidding, surely. I suspect that Air NZ will be earning approval from the great majority of NZers who are fed up with the country being held hostage to this kind of precious culture / heritage nonsense.

    The MSM have tried to drum up a human rights controversy over a silly woman who has made an immature personal choice that has harmed her employment prospects in her “dream” job. The airline goes up in my estimation for having the intestinal fortitude to insist that its personal appearance standards for front-line staff are for the airline alone to to decide.

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  27. Reid (16,290 comments) says:

    OK then, I just wish Luxon would humiliate the crap out of everyone involved who’s on the wrong side. So long as someone is humiliated, that’s the important thing.

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  28. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    When a job applicant has tats,
    Most bosses would not give a rats,
    But Air NZ says no,
    With us you won’t go
    Even if the left thinks we’re bats

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  29. Psycho Milt (2,410 comments) says:

    Not neccessarily. The public will decide whether that policy is sound or not.

    Ah, sorry – I presumed you meant the HRC. Personally, my money would be on Air NZ’s customers thinking it’s Air NZ’s business whether it has a policy on visible tatts or not, but maybe I’m wrong.

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  30. Longknives (4,690 comments) says:

    There was a Maori woman bleating on the radio the other day that “Maori invented the Tattoo” and that us lowly Pakeha are “insensitive and intolerant to any culture”
    Can anyone actually confirm if Maori did indeed “invent the Tattoo”??

    *I’m pretty sure that ‘Otzi’ the Iceman who was found in the Austrian Alps had tattoos- and he was about 5000 years old. Are there any records of Maori having tattoos before this? or is this about as creditable as the claim that emerged during the RWC that they ‘invented’ rugby union?..

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  31. Left Right and Centre (2,971 comments) says:

    Here’s a thought:

    So.. if you allowed tattoos…. is it a free for all? 100% inked arms and hands? Isn’t that the only way that an employer could accept people’s choices 100%? Yep… you do whatever you want… no problem. You could get an air hostess with a mohawk, inked head to foot with facial and tribal piercings for Africa.

    Because if you don’t discriminate in any way whatsoever… none of that is a problem.

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  32. Left Right and Centre (2,971 comments) says:

    PC vs facts of society:

    Some employers discriminate by choosing ‘attractive’ looking staff.

    Airlines, you might agree from observation, tend to employee more women than men as cabin crew/ frontline airport staff.

    The women are usually slim/ attractive figure. Disproportionately younger. Would score as being prettier than average.

    Let’s be real… how many fat ugly (or bald/ severe short hair) women do you see employed as cabin crew? Or used as the face of adverts? How many male cabin crew do you see in airline advertising? It seems to always be women!! Why? Because they sell.

    Perhaps the airlines want really attractive staff because that helps them to make money? They employ based on who they think will look good to their customer. If that theory works… then if they thought their customers were attracted by tattooed people… they would employ more or mostly tattooed people. They are driven by customer expectation… they’d be mad not to. But they don’t do that. Why? Maybe it’s because tattooed people are deemed less attractive by their customers overall? Perhaps there’s a majority feeling amongst customers… expressed in passing hidden underground blackmarket social conversations by the more conservative echelons of kiwi social classes that they are turned off intensely by tattoos or disapprove etc. If tattoos were costing a company profit… what should the company do?

    it’s an interesting one… should people be able to present themselves however they wish and expect to be accepted as such?

    Conformity vs individual freedom of expression… the right to discriminate vs the wish to not be discriminated against based solely on physical appearance.

    Discrimination when choosing workers… you’d feel a bit aggrieved if you kept missing out on jobs because other people are naturally more physically attractive than you are. That’s life… I’ve got no idea where the answer lies there.

    At the very least in the case of tattoos… a person has a choice to get a tattoo or not. And they live in the world as it is, not how they think it should be.

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  33. Chuck Bird (4,847 comments) says:

    I see Rodney supports Air NZ on this policy. I assume he like Key is happy with their discriminatory policy towards men not being allowed to sit beside an unaccompanied minor. It is okay for a butch dyke to sit beside a 14 year old girl but unacceptable for a father and grandfather to do the same.

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  34. rg (210 comments) says:

    Rodney speaks pf actions and consequences and personal responsibility and in doing so espouses the political view of the only party in parliament that believes in these things. ACT National is on eby one abandoning these principles. The longer John Key is in charge the more National moves away from its old ideals. John Key’s “you breed them, we’ll feed them “policy just the latest along the slippery slope.

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  35. Nostalgia-NZ (5,118 comments) says:

    DPF is getting away with one here. He says that Rodney’s writing is getting better, not that he approves of the argument raised in the article, so it’s a bob each way for the punters to either comment on the subject of Rodney’s piece or his writing ‘improvement.’

    Rodney has uncovered a interesting paradox by accident it seems, his claims about bad decisions with regard this woman are odd. Literally thousands of NZers have tattoos, apparently according to Rodney, bad decisions – yet among those thousands are local body politicians, elected MPs, police, fireman, Government employees, artists, models and so on. A tattooed flower on your arm may not prevent you becoming Prime Minister but you’ll never surpass that and become a ANZ hostess.

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  36. Jack5 (5,051 comments) says:

    Nice irony from the old perk buster.

    He’s right. What about the employer’s right to choose? If some/many of the employer’s customers are uncomfortable with people with uncovered tattos is an employer not allowed to avoid employing tattooed folk? Of course, if so, we can abolish subsidies for prisoners and ex prisoners etc to have tattoos removed.

    As for it being Maori tradition, so was cannibalism. Perhaps this would get attention for Air NZ menus. What a PR hook!

    Maori of old also beheaded enemies, cleaned out the skull, smoked it to preserve it, and in later days likely sold it to a visiting whaler. This likely ended up in a foreign museum, and NZ taxpayers kindly finance parties of Maori to tour overseas and bring it home.

    For Air NZ, souvenir models of such heads might be a money-spinner for the cabin staff’s trolleys.

    Welcome back Mr Hyde. Welcome change from Dr Rodney Jekyll.

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  37. Viking2 (11,412 comments) says:

    About tattoo’s.

    http://screencast.com/t/1luWFidBS

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  38. mumzee72 (8 comments) says:

    Seems hypocritical and ironic that a maori tattoo woman can’t work in a plane that has 2 tattoo’s, koru and fern … hmmm when the planes got their new tattoo on the tail it was a glorious day.

    And better not advertise to all the tourists coming to explore maoridom that we are proud maori.

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