Anti-China leaflet linked to Right-wing group
A pamphlet spouting racist rhetoric has been delivered to Palmerston North letterboxes, shocking one recipient with its "extreme" views.
Massey University third-year finance student Phillip McNamara, 21, received a leaflet in his letterbox this week titled: "China. A threat to New Zealand?".
It said a Chinese company with links to spy networks was building telecommunications systems in New Zealand, asked how long it would be until military action from China's Government would start, and said the international community doesn't care who "rules" New Zealand as long as the country can make cheap products for the global market.
"I thought it was a bit of a joke at first, but once I kept reading it I realised it was serious," McNamara, who lives in Fergusson St, said. He viewed the pamphlet as racist, fanatical and a poor representation of what Palmerston North people are like.
He doesn't know anyone who holds such views and said he has never encountered such a blatant act of intolerance before.
"Someone has gone out of their way to make a leaflet about it and hand delivered it.
"There's always racist people around, but this is a bit extreme."
It offended him so much he ripped it up and threw it out.
"People like that should just keep it to themselves," he said.
Neighbours on the street, who did not want to be named, said they, too, had received the handout.
One woman said she was surprised when she read it and didn't realise people held such strong race-related views.
Another man said that after reading the heading he didn't even bother reading the rest. Details listed on the leaflet linked it to "The Resistance Party", a newly-formed, Christchurch-based political group recruiting members for a tilt at local and central government.
It is led by former National Front director and Right Wing Resistance leader Kyle Chapman, who has also thrown his name in the race for this year's Christchurch mayoralty, saying it is "only a matter of time" before China invades New Zealand.
The contact number listed on the pamphlet was invalid and the group didn't reply to email inquiries by the Manawatu Standard.
Its website says the group's mission is to preserve New Zealand's sovereignty and stand up for Western traditions, morals and values.
"We will not kow-tow to foreign pressure, government intimidation, or guilt-based media propaganda. We must preserve our nation from mass immigration, over population, and the destruction of our way of life."
Last month, suburbs in Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch were littered with the group's message and two years ago a similar drop saw "Stop the Asian Invasion" fliers distributed around the country.
Hamilton residents have reported the leaflets' appearance to the Human Rights Commission, saying it was discrimination.
Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy said the leaflets did not meet the threshold for unlawful discrimination under the commission's act.
"It presents a hateful view of law-abiding people.
"It is unfair and based on ignorance, intolerance and prejudice," she said.
She encouraged those affected to contact the commission.