Welcome back, the Popatas: Waitangi Day wouldn’t be fun without their researching and interviewing

February 5, 2011

"Are you ready for my first question, Prime Minister?"

Remember the Popatas, the Far North brothers who assaulted Prime Minister John Key outside a marae two years ago “in a rush of blood” because of their concern over land being confiscated from Maori?

Who could forget them.

First, they are two of our special citizens, thanks to our Govenment signing up to some indigenous peoples nonsense at the United Nations.

Second, they have great jobs: John Junior Popata, 33, described himself as a researcher, and Wikatana Popata, 19, says he is an interviewer.

And third, of course, they roughed up the PM in full view of hundreds of people, admitted the assault – and virtually got off scot-free.

Only in New Zealand, eh?

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The protesters have gone for now – but why weren’t the Popatas jailed after their run-in with the PM?

November 12, 2010

Excuse me, sir, but do you have time for an interview?

Oops. Alf failed to record his admiration for the way a patch of land in the Far North has been restored to public ownership.

He refers, of course, to the removal of a bunch of Naughty Kahu land protesters from a Far North sailing club on a District Council reserve.

The Herald reported on Wednesday –

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Trespass orders be buggered – send in the Army to kick out the pesky Popata brothers

October 29, 2010

Welcome for coffee and a chat, folks - we recommend the flat white.

Chris Finlayson’s blather gives Alf a serious dose of the shits, on occasions.

Question Time in Parliament yesterday was yet another occasion.

Questioned in his role as Attorney-General about some Maori howz-your-father in the Far North, the bugger did his damndest to avoid denouncing the ratbags involved.

But denunciation was especially in order on this occasion, because two of the ratbags should have been in jail (for a considerable time) for roughing up our Prime Minister at Waitangi.

Alf would have jailed them for a few decades, then deported them to the land of their ancestors, which he believes is Hawaiki.

But the justice system let us down badly on that score, and now the Popata brothers are up to their tricks again.

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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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