PHOTO: STUFF Harcourts would not provide details of where ad appeared and who was responsible.

A Harcourts ad has been labelled “culturally offensive” for suggesting an iconic East Coast marae was for sale.

The unaddressed mail ad for Harcourts Real Estate had a colour image of a $500 banknote containing a photo of a Harcourts real estate agent, an image of a Maori meeting house with a “for sale” sign across the front and the words “Reserve Bank of Harcourts”.

In a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority a J Staite said they were concerned the pamphlet may be culturally offensive as it showed Porourangi Meeting House, at Waiomatatini Marae with a “for sale” sign across it.



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