Most read story: 'She's more Maori than you'll ever be' – husband defends his Pakeha wife Sally Anderson's moko

Note: This story was first published on Tuesday May 22 

Roger Te Tai's wife Sally Anderson removed her own moko from business branding due to a backlash. Source: Te Karere

The husband of Pakeha life coach Sally Anderson has defended his wife, after she removed images of her moko from business branding due to a backlash over the issue, saying to critics that "she's more Maori than you'll ever be".

Ms Anderson is married to Roger Te Tai, a man with a full facial moko, and had her own moko done by Auckland artist Inia Taylor four years ago.

Speaking to TVNZ1's Te Karere yesterday, Mr Te Tai addressed the issue of his Pakeha wife's moko, saying it took a while for him to consider her getting the traditional Maori tattoo.

"It took me two and a half years to actually accept for her to have it done," he said.

He also had a message for those criticising her after the recent backlash.

"When you judge a person and you haven't met them what does that say about you? They should all be working in the courtroom those people who love judging people.

"She's more Maori than you'll ever be because her heart is pure always has been, her soul is a pure soul."

However, opinion is divided on whether pakeha should be allowed to receive traditional Maori facial moko.

TVNZ1's Te Karere asked the question: "Should non-Maori receive moko kauae/mataora?" on their Facebook page and had a range of responses both for and against.

"NO moko is our wairua, mana it is solely ours, kirituhi is for non-Maori," one user posted.

"This is as bad as, or even worse than the Maori designs on shower curtains manufactured overseas. It's time we got a patent on our ta moko etc etc. This is ridiculous! Pakeha have no attachment to the wairua that's paramount in this mahi. Get a grip!" another against the idea wrote.

"No it something that's earned its not like a piece of costume jewellery," read another.

Although, not all posts were against the idea of Pakeha receiving a moko.

"Do we know the reason why she got it? before we go judging we should understand the situation!" a user wrote in defence of Ms Anderson.

"Well if she deserves it for Maori cultural significance, then what’s the problem. We need to know the full story first before just putting the hold up on it," said another.

One Facebook user simply posted a photo of English-born Barnet Burns who was given a full facial moko in the 1800s.

For her part Ms Anderson says the moko represents her turning a corner in her life after surviving a gang rape by the Mongrel Mob as a teenager in the 1980s.

'Deeply flawed' wall panel system expands internationally

A deeply flawed all panel system sold by an Auckland based Cook Islands company has expanded overseas.

The K3T wall panels, made in China and sold by Global Fibre8, have resulted in two houses in Northland being demolished after they contracted and expanded causing cracks and leaked chlorides corroding lead and poisoning the concrete.

The panels are also being sold overseas with devastating results.

In Melbourne a number of builds are affected – Ron Klik had two houses built – one has already been demolished and the other is about to be pulled down.

Mr Klik says he’s lost more than three hundred thousand dollars to a  “rubbish” product which  doesn’t work  when it’s wet as it gets weak and breaks easy.

“If you’ve got ten walls you will get four that are ok but then after a couple of months of sitting outside in the weather they will just crack.” He said.

Engineer Mike Slape also used the product on his four million dollar home mostly in his basement.

He says the product he was originally shown was not the same as what was delivered to him – and he received less than half his order.

He says the panels have sucked up the water from the atmosphere and dampness has seeped through despite having a waterproof render on it.  The walls are extensively cracked, parts of the panel have fallen off and buckled.

Mr Slape says he’s made a complaint with the police but its proving difficult to pursue as the company is based in Auckland.

He’s started a facebook page called “Ripped off by Global Fibre8” and received queries from investors who say they have been approached by the company to put in over a million dollars.

Global Fibre8 chief executive Tangi Tuake blames any problems on the installation of the panel, not the product itself.

In the Cook Islands some building have started to be built but not for Nara Pera who paid more than twenty thousand dollars up front a year ago and is still waiting for the panels to arrive

“I keep emailing him email after email he never responds,” she said.

Mr Tuake claims he is in the process of setting up an installation factory in Rarotonga and Mrs Pera will get her panels when it’s built.

He says homes are also being built in Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Papua New Guinea with interest being expressed from Dubai, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

Tomorrow 1 News will be looking at how the panels, which don’t meet the New Zealand building code, have been allowed to be used here and signed off by councils without proper certification.

In the second of a three-part series, 1 NEWS investigates the impact of the Global Fibre8 scandal on those in Australia and the Cook Islands. Source: 1 NEWS


Meet the teens who are boosting the Wellsford volunteer fire brigade - 'I had to fight a house fire in a bikini'

The Wellsford Volunteer Fire Brigade north of Auckland is tapping into the local high school for recruits as rural brigades across the country are on the brink of a crisis with volunteer numbers at all time lows.

It's an average school day for the group of teens at Rodney College until a text comes in signalling a fire alarm for them to respond to, Seven Sharp reported.

The two young women and young man, the brigade's newest recruits, are part of the solution to a recruitment crisis evolving as older locals find it hard to commit time to volunteering because of demands on them like work and family commitments.

The brigade has 36 volunteers, 10 under the age of 25.

"We struggle at times for numbers and we can see glimpses of what other brigades around the country are doing. And it's pretty uniform that everybody is struggling for numbers," said Matt Riley, senior firefighter.

The job is very demanding and no callout is ever the same. 

"Floods, motor vehicle accidents, structure fires, scrub fires, cats up trees, medical calls, we support St John," Mr Riley said. 

And the students love the work with the brigade.

"I have always had a passion for helping people. It's always been a big thing for me and I've wanted to do this for quite a few years," one young woman said.

Another said: "I came from Mangawai and I was in my bikini. So I had to fight a house fire in a bikini." 

And they're learning a lot along the way. 

"The Fire Service is a fairly sort of disciplined institution. It's also the camaraderie - get a good feeling from going out and helping people," Mr Riley said.

Meanwhile, Taupo Fire Brigade, with just 13 volunteers, has gone as far as putting out an SOS for people to join its ranks.

Wellsford has found a stream of young, keen and fit volunteers to keep their fires under control. Source: Seven Sharp