He says he's an authentic Maori, with a moko scrawled on his face in black marker pen. And for $5 - and using your own camera - you too can have your photograph taken with John Kairau.Somehow, John Kairu reminds me of los cebra-burros famosos de Tijuana, which of course are painted. These in turn remind me of the painted donkeys of Gaza City, victims of the Israeli embargo: "A genuine zebra would have been too expensive to bring into the Gaza Strip via smuggling tunnels under the border with Egypt, said owner Mohammed Bargouthi." Verily, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a zebra to go through a tunnel.
Authorities say he's an opportunist but Kairau says his scheme - in which tourists pay to have their photograph taken with a "Maori in traditional dress" - is for cultural rather than financial reasons.
Here's the best little band ever, the Small Faces, with PP Arnold: