June 10, 2019
Koru unfurls: Air NZ lifts tā moko ban
Air New Zealand has dropped its ban on hiring people with tā moko or tattoos.
From September 1 all new and existing Air New Zealand employees will be able to have tā moko and non-offensive tattoos visible when wearing their uniform or normal business attire.
The airline came under fire for refusing to hire people with tā moko, despite using a koru in its branding.
Chief Executive Chris Luxon says the airline is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace that truly reflects the makeup of Aotearoa.
He says in conversations with customers and staff here and overseas in the past five months, it’s clear that there is growing acceptance of tattoos in New Zealand, particularly as a means of cultural and individual expression.
One in five adult New Zealanders has at least one tattoo, with more than 35 percent of under 30s tattooed.
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