That word reminds me of the near-legendary 1975 5,000-strong protest march from the Far North to Wellington, led by 80 yr.old Whina Cooper. To call the current protest gaggle a "hikoi" is to belittle that effort.
Ngapuhi leader David Rankin has labelled it "an embarrassment". He says the protest over the Marine and Coastal Area bill will have no impact on the bill's passage through parliament: "Instead of wandering around the country to satisfy their own egos, these protesters should be in Christchurch helping their fellow NZers." Rankin feels the low turn-out reflects the level of maori support for their flagwaving rantings.
The Marine and Coastal Area bill replaces the Foreshore and Seabed Act. Attorney-General Chris Finlayson says it restores maori rights to seek customary title through the courts, while guaranteeing the rights of all NZers in the marine and coastal area. In other words, if a tribe can't prove exclusive use and occupation of the foreshore and seabed since 1840, then everyone regardless of ethnicity can freely enjoy that beach. As it should be.
|Rabidity in their DNA?|
These nephews of Hone Harawira have a glowing track record:
Feb.2009 - assaulting the Prime Minister at Waitangi.
Jan.2010 - occupying private land, the former Taipa motor camp.
Oct.2010 - occupying council-owned Taipa Reserve.
Nov.2010 - boarding a tourist bus, to bitch about grievances.
March 2011 - leading the current protest march.
Ngati Kahu's Margaret Mutu once described the Popata bros as "good boys". Check the video in this NZ Herald story to see how "good boys" behave...!
I'll let Wikatana Popata have the last word in this post: “This is a clear message to the Government – we’re coming down and we’re going to take over this country.” Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.....
PS: 24 March 2011 - And for a good giggle at the Popatas' expense, have a read of Alf Grumble.
PS: 18 July 2011 - The Popatas are being "good boys" yet again...