Israeli Maoris banned in New Zealand port

January 26, 2010 by Henry Benjamin
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As the “Sun Princess” berthed at Tauranga in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty, a group of ferocious-looking Maoris headed towards the lowering gangways to greet the vessel’s cruising tourists. But these Maoris spoke Ivrit!

The Sun Princess

They were being photographed by the Sun Princess’s happy-snapping passengers when the Tauranga Port security made a routine security check and discovered that these “Maoris” were in fact tourists themselves.

Funny, you don't look Jewish!

Graham Marshall, a spokesman for the port, told J-Wire: “A company was given permission to offer welcoming services to the cruise ships but this has now been withdrawn, following a routine security inspection last month.”

J-Wire has tried to contact Terina Puriri who has run the Discovery Heritage Group since 2008. The company is now banned since the port’s operators discovered they were using Israeli and French nationals masquerading as Maoris.

New Zealand media has reported Puriri as saying  she uses the foreigners as “some of our Maoris are too slack to promote themselves”.

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