A Maori woman has reportedly been refused entry to a public bath in Japan because of her ta moko facial tattoo.
Japanese news source the Mainichi reported that the 60-year-old Maori language lecturer had been in the town of Biratori for a conference on indigenous languages.
3 News reported that they understood the woman was Erana Brewerton, daughter of the late Dame Katerina Mataira.
Mainichi reported that the woman was in a group of 10 people who were refused entry to the baths because of her ta moko.
When one member of the group claimed the decision was discriminatory, staff reportedly said the facility prohibited entry to anyone with tattoos to put customers at ease.