European-only 'mini-state' planned

Last updated 22:39 21/01/2009
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Former skinhead, National Front leader and Christchurch mayoral candidate Kyle Chapman is attempting to set up a "unified mini-state" in North Canterbury.

The proposal, a commune-style arrangement for "like-minded Europeans", has drawn condemnation from across the political spectrum.

Chapman's "Land Base" proposes to have:

* Training areas for "sport fighting".

* A "protected community".

* A "meeting house for gatherings of leaders and active nationalists".

* A "social bar for fundraising and building unity".

 * A large vegetable garden.

Chapman's plans were uncovered after a copy of an email to members of a far-Right group, the Nationalist Alliance, was leaked on to the internet.

Beginning "Hello Patriots", Chapman asked for donations for the project.

"With an ever decreasing European population we face the real risk of having no power in our Nation," it said. "It currently crumbles through the current system of bad government policies, greedy politicians and businessmen. We must act to build a unified mini-state that we could build up in future to be a base for other like-minded Europeans to come to from other dying countries."

Once established, the Nationalist Alliance intended to use its "high concentration of like-minded folk" to elect local officials and a member of Parliament sympathetic to its views.

Other "benefits" included:

* Keeping  "our children away from the multicultural brainwashing of current system schools."

* "Encouraging, supportive and friendly interaction with like-minded people."

* "Ability to put our European skills and intelligence to create new technologies and build something to be proud of."

* "Safety in numbers."

The proposal said the base would be established "in the North Canterbury area".

Chapman declined to comment to The Press, saying there was plenty of information in the email.

Waimakariri MP Clayton Cosgrove said Chapman's plans were of concern, "given his track record of shaven-headed, jack-booted, race-based, white-power activity".

"If the motivation is some sort of extreme white-power compound, I'd be deeply concerned, as would any community.' Cosgrove said the language Chapman used in the email "bred hate and division".

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"This is nutty stuff. He's 50 or 60 years behind the world. People have moved on. It's crackpot stuff," Cosgrove said.

Hurunui Mayor Garry Jackson was unavailable for comment but a spokeswoman, Naomi Woodham, said the proposal was "abhorrent and offensive".

"All of us here at the Hurunui District Council welcome and embrace cultural diversity, and if there was a proposal to set up a white supremacist movement in the Hurunui District it would be strongly opposed," she said. "Especially one encouraging sport fighting and survivalist training. This sounds like a form of surreptitious terrorist instruction."

National MP Kate Wilkinson, a North Canterbury resident and Associate Minister for Immigration, said most "thinking people" would not consider membership of Chapman's "exclusive club".Discrimination and division were not part of our culture, she said.

Chapman resigned as leader of the National Front in 2005, citing pressure on his children, who were being shunned at school.

- The Press

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