Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson won’t delete a social media post featuring Whittaker’s chocolate – even after the prime minister suggested she do so.
The post, shared to both Facebook and Instagram, showed Davidson holding blocks of Whittaker’s special Te Wiki o te Reo Māori block dubbed Miraka Kirīmi.
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While Davidson said the post was not a sponsored post and nor was it promoting Whittaker’s, but was instead intended to showcase the use of te Reo. “I am promoting organisations who are stepping up particularly trusted and popular organisations,” Davidson told 1News.
But Jacinda Ardern said the post should be deleted because there were “very clear” Cabinet guidelines around the endorsement of products. “I have asked and will ask the Cabinet office to just make sure they’re in touch with the minister to be really clear on how those rules apply,” said Ardern. “You can see the intent here was the promotion of te reo Māori but we do have to make sure that we uphold a really clear standard on promoting products.”