Scribble face will sell you “citizenship” for a cool hundy

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This guy really has a sense of humour.

A Māori activist vows to keep selling “citizenship” certificates, despite immigration bosses saying they are fraudulent and illegal.

Amato Akarana-Rewi says he does not recognise the authority of the New Zealand government and would fight his case at the International Court of Justice in The Hague if necessary.

“I’m not doing anything wrong. It’s all legal,” he said.

The 84-year-old claimed he was a Māori chieftain with the power to issue citizenship to people wishing to remain in New Zealand.

So he does not recognise the authority of the New Zealand government. I guess that means the 84-year-old won’t be claiming a pension from the non-government.  Nor will he be accepting the free health care provided by the non-government.  And I guess if he happened to be a victim of a crime, he wouldn’t bother to call the Police provided by the non-government.

He charges $100 for the so-called citizenship papers, which Immigration NZ (INZ) assistant general manager Peter Devoy said were “completely worthless” and “totally fraudulent”.[…]

[…] The elderly activist denied it was a revenue-generating scam.

He said the bulk of the money was spent on “documents, laminating, copying, and the bloody ink”.

Right …… not a revenue generating scam.

Akarana-Rewi has a long history of thumbing his nose at the government. […]

[…] He was selling supposed citizenship rights to people as long ago as 2000 – described by then-immigration minister Lianne Dalziel as “ripping off vulnerable and frightened people”.

Akarana-Rewi hit back at the time and accused Dalziel of causing “civil unrest”.

On Monday, he said he would refuse to appear in court again unless he was paid an “appearance bond” of $50,000.

He really is a comedian!

“I’ve been put through the bloody jails before, they’ve locked me up and tried to break me, and they will never break me,” he said.

Akarana-Rewi said he did not intend to back down from his campaign for Māori rights.

“The good lord is keeping me here, so we can know the full concept of our nation,” he said.

“I haven’t lost my bloody marbles yet.”

Sounds like he’s never had any to lose.

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