A blow for free speech: Wi Popata has used the N word without Joris (so far) disapproving

February 6, 2012

Good news, old boy - Wi Popata says you don't have to be given a new name.

Dunno if this means Alf can put the N word back into his vocabulary.

Probably not.

But it’s heartening to learn that no arrests have been made – so far as Alf can ascertain at time of writing – in connection with the N word being bellowed at Maori politicians at Waitangi.

And Joris de Bres, our Race Relations Commissioner, has not denounced the use of the word during yet another boorish demonstration of hate and belligerence against The Boss and other political leaders.

Sure enough, the name Popata comes into the story.

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Roughing up the PM: it’s the sincerity that matters

March 17, 2009

Maori Party MP Hone Harawira has a lot of gall.

In his latest column for the Northland Age, he regales readers with an explanation for supporting two nephews – or (as he describes them)

the Popata boys who got arrested at Waitangi and charged with assault on the Prime Minister John Key.

They are bloody big boys, one of them in his 30s. But presumably the buggers still need coddling.
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