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    How's this for cultural excellence?

    Bakery of the Year - Gingerbread Video

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    Looks very tasty to me.
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    I think it is great.

    Now the kids have heard it and know it is here, they will be playing it over an over.

    Not sure if the Maoris approve though.
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    What fun! Now I want to eat some gingerbread with fearsome faces.
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    I never knew gingerbread men were so bad @$$ ... but I guess that's why they're not gingerbread boys!
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    although I didn't ought to be, coming from the UK.

    Gingerbread haka causes upset
    By BRYN KAY - North Shore Times | Tuesday, 31 July 2007

    A video depicting gingerbread men doing the haka has upset some members of the North Shore Maori community.

    Bakery Industry Association of New Zealand designed the video to promote the Bakery of the Year Awards.

    But some people feel the video borders on being culturally insensitive.

    Northcote's Awataha Marae spokesman Anthony Wilson says that the haka is important to Maori culture and questions its use in this context.

    "It's got to be treated with respect.

    "It's easy to grab a cultural icon like the haka and use it, but unless you use it in an appropriate manner it can be very misleading in terms of what it represents.

    "There's an obvious disconnection between the haka and gingerbread men," he says.

    Mr Wilson is also the chief executive of Creative Gene - a company specialising in communication across cultures.

    He says that in situations like this, companies and organisations should be consulting with cultural communication groups before making decisions that could be deemed culturally inappropriate.

    Albany bakery Eurobake say there is nothing culturally insensitive about the video that is playing continuously in their shop.

    Owner Roy West says there's a lot of positive feedback, with most people who come into his shop just seeing it as a bit of fun.

    "I haven't had one person come in and say that it's culturally insensitive," Mr West says.

    Bakery Industry Association of executive officer Belinda Jeursen says there is definitely no intention for the video to be culturally insensitive.

    She says they felt they took appropriate steps to ensure the promotion wouldn't cause offence.

    "We made sure to use exactly the same words as in the haka and also to maintain the integrity of it.

    "Through working with our communication company, we decided it was appropriate for screening," she says.

    Interest in the video is having a positive effect on New Zealand bakeries says Mr West.

    Eurobake is selling more than 150 gingerbread men every three or four days, he says.

    The video is now gaining worldwide attention with websites such as YouTube and Bebo registering thousands of hits a day on the gingerbread haka.

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    If you turn the letters Mr Anthony Wilson into an anagram, you get "Jealous muppet lacking original ideas" .

    Or something like that.

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