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Māori tattoo artist temporarily banned by Facebook over images of tāmoko on buttocks

A traditional Māori tattoo artist says her access to Facebook was restricted for 24 hours after posting images of tattoos she did on a man's legs and buttocks.

TVNZ1's Te Karere reports Anikaaro Harawira-Havili has been a traditional tāmoko artist for five years and she regularly posts her work on Facebook.

But this is the first time she has been reprimanded for it. She says she was stopped from posting on Facebook for 24 hours.

Anikaaro Harawira-Havili at work. Source: Te Karere

It's not the first time Facebook has censored pūhoro, which is moko, or tattoo, on the legs.

Tāmoko artist Hirini Katene was also reprimanded in 2016 for uploading a short video of his work. 

Te Karere attempted to contact Facebook for comment, to no avail.

But Facebook's policies say they restrict displays of an obscene nature, but will allow pictures where nudity has a purpose, such as some to do with the Free the Nipple movement and breast cancer awareness. However, there seems to be no allowances for men. 

Tane Huata was the recipient of the pūhoro. It was given over the course of 12 hours a day for seven days straight. He is annoyed over the degradation of his tāmoko.

But Ms Harawira-Havili is taking it as a teachable moment, as she continues on her mission to moko the world.

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Ta Moko artist Anikaaro Harawira-Havili’s stunning work didn’t meet with Facebook’s approval. Source: 1 NEWS