Vodafone chief executive Jason Paris has delivered a laconic farewell to a customer who complained about the company’s use of te reo Māori in its communications.
The customer, a woman named Catherine Beuning, wrote to the Herald to draw attention to what she referred to as a “flippant reply” from the Vodafone boss.
In her correspondence with the Herald, Beuning shared the full letter she sent to Paris.
In it, she takes particular exception to Vodafone’s use of “Aotearoa” in its communications with customers.
I’d like to point out that we live in New Zealand, NOT Aotearoa, and will remain so until there’s a referendum to change that name,” Beuning says.
“We also speak English, NOT Maori. Remember that English is the language of the World today NOT Maori [sic]”.
She then went on to share some irrelevant details about her extended family.
“And before you think that I’m a redneck Pakeha, my daughter in-law is Maori and their three daughters therefore are part Maori. They too tell me that this WOKENESS has gone too far even for them [sic].”