Kia ora complainer bombarded with Maori greetings

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Bonnie Rodwell.
Bonnie Rodwell.

The woman who infamously found kia ora offensive is being inundated with the friendly greeting.

Queenstown clothing retailer Bonnie Rodwell is being sent postcards and emails, and receiving a fair few phone calls, where people are saying nothing but 'Kia ora'.

Organisers of the action, dubbed The Kindness of Kia ora, believe it's a fitting way to mark Maori Language Week.

The businesswoman complained about use of the Maori greeting in an email from a sales representative for Travel New Zealand magazine.

Ms Rodwell sent a return email saying it was "plain silly" to be greeted with "kia ora".

"Neither myself or [my office manager] speak Maori. Maybe more people would advertise with you if we were addressed with a little more respect," she wrote.

- Newstalk ZB / Mountain Scene

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