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First female Māori facial tattoo in NZ parliament

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A New Zealand Labour MP has spoken of her pride after becoming the first woman to wear a moko kauae, or traditional female Māori chin tattoo, in parliament. 

“Moko is a statement of identity, like a passport,” Nanaia Mahuta, from the Waikato-Maniapoto tribe, told the Guardian. “I am at a time in my life where I am ready to make a clear statement that this is who I am, and this is my position in New Zealand.” 



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