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Porirua Shopping Centre Maori Protest Midday

Porirua Shopping Centre Maori Protest Midday

On Tuesday 14th of December at 12:00pm at the Porirua Shopping Centre Maori and supporters will hold a protest at a Chinese emporium which is copying symbols and designs belonging to Maori and Pacific Island peoples. These designs include The Maori Party Logo, Tino Rangatiratanga Flag, counterfeit Dawn Raid designs, and designs from individual Maori and Pacific Island artists.

The Chinese operators have been approached to stop such theft. They have replied in an insulting and disrespectful way. They have stated on occasion that some of our people are now been targeted by them, ‘marked man’ styled threats. They also plead ‘No English’ where convenient.

These operators undermine our development and have the cheek to threaten us with legal action!

Is this what we receive from allowing these people our country and hospitality? Is this what we can expect with ‘closer free trade agreements’ with China?

We call for a nationwide boycott of all Asian products using Maori symbols, this includes fake bone, greenstone and stolen designs.

We urge our people to protect our intellectual property by exposing and closing these people down who are using tribal names with impunity, names such as ‘Nga Puhi’, ‘Te Arawa’, ‘Ngati Porou’!

We will meet at Porirua Shopping Centre (Tuesday 12:00pm).

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