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The current National Front logo is the same as the British National Front's logo from the early 1970s.

The New Zealand National Front is a small white nationalist political party in New Zealand.

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History

The National Front was first formed in 1968 out of the New Zealand branch of the League of Empire Loyalists. Its first leader was Brian Thompson, then an Ashburton school teacher. During the late 1970s and early 1980s it received more significant media attention, under the leadership of David Crawford, with Thompson and well-known right-wing figure Kerry Bolton playing important roles. It became moribund during the 1980s before being re-formed in 1989.

During the 1990s, under the leadership of Anton Foljambe, it gained further publicity. Foljambe resigned as leader in 1997 and was replaced by Kyle Chapman, who led it until resigning as leader in 2005. Its peak strength was in 2003 - 2005, under the leadership of Chapman and Bolton, when it seemed to never be out of the headlines. Membership and support has declined since Chapman's resignation. His replacement, Sid Wilson, was abrasive and struggled to retain the support built up by Chapman. Moderate members under Foljambe and Chapman have established the National Democrats Party. Wilson was sacked as leader in July 2007. A committee now runs the NZNF, with Colin Ansell as secretary.

In June 2008, the party joined forces with the National Democrats and another fascist organisation, the New Right, to jointly contest the 2008 elections as the Nationalist Alliance.[1]

Support

The National Front has received a small amount of public support, with 1.9% voting in favour of Kyle Chapman in the 2005 Christchurch mayoral election.

Activities

On October 23, 2004, the National Front held a protest in Wellington in support of retaining the current New Zealand flag, which was attended by an estimated 45 persons.[2] A 3000-strong counter-demonstration was organised by the MultiCultural Aotearoa coalition to expose the sympathies of the National Front, although less than 10% turned up to the counter-demonstration. [3] According to the New Zealand Herald, Chapman complained the following day of "insufficient police protection". [4]. This "Flag Day Rally" has now become an annual event, with NF members and protesters squaring off outside parliament every year since.

The National Front claims to have benefitted from favourable media coverage, with Kyle Chapman telling the Dominion newspaper that "the media is our best recruiter". National Radio host Linda Clark, claiming the need to "give a voice to all New Zealanders", has interviewed Chapman, as well as Australian One Nation founder Pauline Hanson.

Policies

According to its website, policies of the National Front include:

  • Preservation of "traditional Western Christian ideals and practice, morality and law".
  • The rejection of New Zealand as being part of an Asian economic bloc, or "New World Order" and opposition to any and all forms of foreign ownership and control.
  • Abolition of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Establishing a Maori governing institution as a form of "Cultural Self Determination" as well as the active encouragement of "White cultural identity and self-determination".
  • Opposition to immigration and the repatriation of Asian, African and Middle Eastern immigrants
  • The elimination of "Institutionalised Political Correctness"
  • The State acquisition of the Reserve Bank
  • Strengthening of the manufacturing sector and the withdrawal from all free trade agreements and the world trade system
  • Encouraging organic farming through State funded research and development, expanded organic farming education programs and cheap State loans
  • Strengthening of the family and opposition to abortion
  • Withdrawal from the ANZUS Treaty
  • Reintroduction of capital punishment
  • Reintroduction of National Service

See also

References

  1. ^ "New Projects". Kyle Chapman blog. 2008-07-04. http://kylechapman.blogspot.com/2008/07/new-projects.html. Retrieved 2008-07-06.  
  2. ^ "Two groups poles apart to rally at Parliament" The New Zealand Herald October 23, 2004
  3. ^ "Three arrests, police officer hurt after National Front march" The New Zealand Herald, October 23, 2004
  4. ^ "Hate speech laws could ban us, says National Front leader", The New Zealand Herald, October 24, 2004

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