A playboy model’s risqué pose is creating controversy, not because of her nudity, but because of the site of the shoot. Jaylene Cook climbed Mount Taranaki.
Her goal was to get the perfect shot on the top of a mountain overlooking a sea of clouds.
But, the locals, Maori, have a different view on her photo shoot. After posting it to her popular Instagram account, she has almost 10,000 likes.
Cook took the photo a few days ago after climbing the mountain with her partner.
The top of the volcano is a sacred site for these locals. The spokes person for the local tribe, Dennis Ngawhare, her taking the nude photo on this mountain to that of someone taking a nude photo in the Vatican.
Climbing the mountain is usually frowned upon and is typically only allowed for religious purposes. The reason behind this is because the area is considered a burial ground for the ancestors of the tribe, and therefore received status as a tribe elder itself.
Since the country was colonised by the British, the local tribe often had very little say regarding the mountain – which was named Mount Egmont by Captain Cook – and today accept that tourists want to climb the beautiful volcano. It’s only recently that we can have some input on what goes on at the mountain,” the local Maori spokesman explains. “We simply ask people to please be respectful. This latest case is just another really annoying example where someone obviously didn’t know how to behave here.” ayor of the local Stratford district, Neil Volzke, agrees the move was culturally insensitive.
“I don’t think the picture itself is offensive or obscene – it is just inappropriate to take on top of Mount Taranaki because it is a place with great deal of importance for the Maori community,” he told the BBC. hen Ms Cook’s nude photo began to draw criticism, she defended herself – saying she did research before and thought taking the picture was not offensive.
But local Maori were left somewhat puzzled. It’s a clash between Western assumptions and indigenous values and beliefs,” Mr Ngaware says. revious incidents on Taranaki have also outraged the local Maori community, including a group of hikers taking a barbecue to the peak for a summit grilling session, and people leaving graffiti on the mountain. It’s a place that should be treated with the utmost respect at all times,” insists Mr Volzke.