Members of a right-wing white supremacist group fronted by Christchurch man Kyle Chapman have been hitting the streets of New Plymouth.
Racist flyers attacking Asian immigration have shown up in letterboxes in New Plymouth, as outrage against the Right Wing Resistance Movement group spreads around the country.
The group has been conducting flyer drops nationwide in an attempt to recruit members and have featured prominently in national media following flyer drops in Christchurch and Auckland.
Contacted by the Taranaki Daily News yesterday, Mr Chapman said the Christchurch-based movement, which opposed the immigration of Asian people, particularly Chinese, had been operating for about two years.
He would not say how many members it had for "tactical" reasons.
Hawera man and New Zealand National Front chairman Colin King-Ansell said he knew nothing about the flyer drop although he still strongly opposed Asian immigration.
He had not dealt with Mr Chapman since the pair fell out years ago, he said.
The discovery of the flyers angered the recipients, but the Taranaki Chinese Association dismissed the pamphlets as an "attention-seeking stunt".
Association president Betty Leung said she wasn't taking the flyers seriously.
"The flyer droppers were only a very small minority of the population," she said.
"The guy obviously has nothing better to do.
"He probably just wanted to boost his ego."
There are about 300 Chinese people in Taranaki including those working for international companies, she said.
Recently more were moving to Taranaki from the larger cities because it was safer, she said.
The 2006 census showed about 2 per cent of the Taranaki population was Asian while the national figure was less than 10 per cent.
Mr Chapman said the flyer drop was an attempt to find like-minded people.
"We don't care what other people think about it we're just looking for our own people.
"They're [Asian immigrants] coming here and swaying the vote against us which will eventually take away our freedoms and way of life."
But New Plymouth resident Rose Lawn was appalled when a black flyer featuring a skull with the words "stop the Asian invasion" showed up in her letterbox yesterday morning.
"It's really upset me," she said.
"I think it's disgusting."
She called the police and was told to leave it on her front balcony where they would collect it.
Neighbouring resident Derek Manu said when he discovered the flyer in his letterbox he threw it away.
"It's just bloody rubbish," Mr Manu said.
Office of Ethnic Affairs director Mervin Singham said distributing the leaflets was "a clear attempt to cause fear among Asian people living peacefully in New Zealand".
New Zealanders should not fear ethnic diversity and instead recognise the benefits and opportunities diversity offers this country, he said.
Immigrants brought vital skills, innovation and overseas network connections to New Zealand and were vital to the country's continuing success, he said.
- Taranaki Daily News