Mt Taranaki nude model: 'Māori are NOT indigenous'

A Kiwi playboy model who caused offence online last month is at it again - this time, by claiming Māori are not the indigenous people of New Zealand.

Jaylene Cook initially drew criticism for posting a photo to Instagram naked on top of Mt Taranaki. Academics claimed the photo was culturally insensitive and disrespectful, in Māori culture, towards the mountain.

Attention was simmering down, but a new comment has surfaced from Ms Cook causing trouble once again.

In the comments fellow Instagram user maorimermaid said to Ms Cook:

"Hey Jaylene, would you do a nude photo shoot at a church or a war memorial, or do you only like to disrespect indigenous sacred sites? Hope your five mins of fame was worth the curses that will haunt you for life."

To which Ms Cook responded:

"Lol. Get a clue before you jump on the bandwagon. Māori are NOT indigenous you ignorant twat."

Jaylene Cook says Māori are NOT indigenous. (Instagram/jaylenecook_)
Jaylene Cook says Māori are NOT indigenous. (Instagram/jaylenecook_)

Many commenters are coming to her support, saying the only reason it's become a big deal is because of her affiliation with Playboy.

Some even agreed with her bold comment. User romeo.ave was one of those people:

"Last time I checked arriving a few hundred years before the Europeans doesn't make you an indigenous culture, the Morioris were here before us and there were no doubt people here before them, we are just as much settlers as everyone else here, don't try check people with your Maori facts when they are only opinions. [sic]"

Ms Cook says there were no signs to warn her not to get nude on the mountain. Despite realising the photo is offensive to some, it hasn't been removed from her social media account.