14 Aug 2019

Māori man rejected at airport security over walking stick

From Checkpoint, 5:26 pm on 14 August 2019

A Māori man says he was left angered and frustrated after Auckland Airport security would not let him board a plane with a walking stick - because they said it had Māori carvings and could be used as a weapon.

Piripi Winiata was gifted what's known as a tiripou when he graduated from a prestigious Māori language academy at the weekend.

Te Manu Korihi reporter Māni Dunlop has the story.