Closing an airport

Try closing an airport as a protest and see how long it takes for something to be done about it.

Stuff reports: Kaitaia Airport protesters trespassed, five arrested

Ngati Kahu’s two-day occupation of Kaitaia Airport has ended with five protesters being arrested.

Northland police served trespass orders to the activists about 2pm on Wednesday.

About 15 demonstrators were on airport grounds at that time and many of them chose to leave, police said.

Five of the protesters, one woman and four men, remained behind and were arrested for trespass. They will appear in the Kaitaia District Court on Wednesday, September 17.

Far North Area Commander Inspector Wendy Robilliard said the time had come for police to take action. Police had earlier tried to negotiate with the occupiers to resolve the situation.

Robilliard said everyone had the lawful right to protest, but this group had chosen to act unlawfully, which meant police needed to step in.

The arrests happened the day after the closure of the airport.

One organiser John Popata told TV3 News the group was “pissed off” at Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson for not visiting them for discussions. “We will fight for ever and ever.”

I think there may be quite a few people quite pissed off at the disruption caused by Mr Popata and hios fellow protesters.

I can imagine quite a few people being quite annoyed that their travel plans were disrupted. Medical specialists were also prevented from landing at Kaitaia.

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  10th September 2015

    Another bunch of Harawira meatheads.

  2. jaspa

     /  10th September 2015

    They didn’t think that through very well, did they? 😀

    Ngati Kahu: The government isn’t doing enough for us! So the airport is closed! We’re in charge!

    Government: Oh, … it’s just that we’re about to send a team of doctors up to provide you with free medical care. They can’t get in now.

    Ngati Kahu: Oh, … yeah … didn’t think about that.


    • kittycatkin

       /  10th September 2015

      Government; Well, as you don’t want them, we’ll send them somewhere else where they do want them.

      Ngati Kahu; No…wait…

      Government; Bye !!!

  3. Sponge

     /  10th September 2015

    This Popata buffoon has a history of trying to grab headlines with stupid stunts. He knows as well as I do that even this piss weak National government will not bow down to this sort of nonsense. It is purely a front to show his dope addled supporters that “he is the man”.

  4. Mike C

     /  10th September 2015

    The dumb-arse protesters have been warned that if they pull a stunt like that again, then the airline company will probably withdraw their service from Kaitaia.

    That means no free specialist doctors or important supplies being flown in urgently, and no passenger flights for the local community, effectively cutting Kaitaia off even further from the rest of New Zealand.

    • kittycatkin

       /  10th September 2015

      Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

      Own goal !


    • Mike – that may suit Hones people quite well…… maybe it will make a few unwanted people rethink their place up there – selling into a market with few buyers leads to opportunities to buy up property and businesses on the cheap when you’re flush with a bucket load of Government cash…

      I understand that stand over tactics and other underhand behaviour is relatively common beyond the BOI…

      • jaspa

         /  11th September 2015

        That is a good point, Dave. I hope you are wrong as surely their own children would be amongst those most in need, but nothing would surprise me with that lot.

        There are also decent, law-abiding people up there that do not deserve to miss out. This must be causing some real divisions in the community.


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