“We will take the necessary actions and the product is now being phased out from our stores,” an Ikea spokesperson told the BBC.
“Ikea is responsible for securing correct and compliant motifs on all our products.
“We can see that the process has failed regarding the product BJÖRKSTA world map – we regret this mistake and apologise. We will take the necessary actions and the product is now being phased out from our stores.”
Last year, Ikea announced the launch of a megastore in Auckland, New Zealand. Timelines for its opening, however, have not yet been revealed.
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, comedian Rhys Darby, singer Ed Sheeran and director Peter Jackson featured in a Tourism NZ video last year, when New Zealand was purposefully – for the sake of comedy – left off the map.