Here’s what the Daily Blog investigation into white supremacists said in 2015

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Here’s what The Daily Blog investigation into white supremacists said in 2015…

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Ben Peterson explores NZs far right. Deranged but Dangerous is a two-part article looking into the threat of White Nationalist extremists in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Part One will look at the preeminent White Nationalist organisation – the Right Wing Resistance (RWR).

Pakeha New Zealand doesn’t seem the most obvious place for a militant terrorist organisation. Mainstream Kiwi culture doesn’t lend itself to fire and brimstone. The closest thing to a national injustice for Pakeha is the ongoing contested claim to authorship of the Pavlova (bloody Australians!). But, behind the stoic silence and suburban sprawl, there does lurk a more dangerous element. Men dressed in black gather in lounge rooms and backyards. Their record is proven. They’ve organised attacks on public places and institutions before. Many have been to prison for their cause and they are planning a war.

These are not Jihadi sleeper cells. They are New Zealand’s White Nationalists.

 

The Right Wing Resistance

New Zealand has an organised and active movement of extreme racists. While they are small and on the fringes, they are real. Far from being driven underground, you can find contact numbers online and be friends with their leaders on Facebook. The Right Wing Resistance (RWR) is New Zealand’s preeminent White Nationalist organisation. RWR have networks and members across the country. As part of researching this article, I called their current National Director, “Colonel” Vaughan Tocker.

 

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This is Vaughan Tocker.

Vaughan is exactly the kind of cliche of a man that you would expect to be running a white pride group. His Facebook posts alternate between rants against the threat of Sharia law, and graphic pictures of dismembered bodies from warzones. Something about the gore seems to be exciting to Vaughan. He regularly posts videos and pictures of workplace injuries, they seem to be self inflicted. Vaughan originally became a white nationalist after his wife left him and began a relationship with another man. This new partener was Egyptian. Most people are hurt by the departure of a partner; many can be resentful. Most people, however, wouldn’t see their relationship breakdowns as part of a global pattern of a racial war on white people. Vaughan Tocker is not most people.

I spoke to Vaughan when I called the RWR contact number. I said I was writing an article and asked if I could have a chat to him about the RWR. Vaughan was at a BBQ for Resistance members. He was clearly wasted, but to Vaughan the opportunity to talk to another white man (“you are a white man, right?”) was too good to miss. Vaughan ranted down the phone on a range of topics. There were the obvious nonsensical arguments: “Indian dairy owners are a threat to white culture” and “Helen Clark is flooding the country with Jihadis”. But at times his arguments seemed (briefly) sophisticated and detailed, at one point making a critique of industrial export agriculture’s effect on the environment.

His rants were many and varied, but one point was central to everything Vaughan had to say. He was at war. He is a soldier for the white race, and in his mind the common denominator to all the evils of the world was inter-racial conflict. It’s a white man’s world, and Vaughan intends to keep it that way.

After about 15 minutes of increasingly angry ranting, Vaughan’s phone cut off mid-sentence. When I called back the call couldn’t get through. It seems his battery had died. It was almost as if even technology only has a limited tolerance for bullshit.

 

Are they really dangerous?

After ending the call, my first impulse was to thank the Universe that this man and his group are largely an inept group of misfits on the fringes of society. Some might argue that because they are small and isolated, talking about RWR is counterproductive. Shouldn’t we just ignore them and not give attention to the crazies? Unfortunately, just because they are marginal does not mean they cannot be a terrifyingly dangerous force.

The RWR having mass appeal is not an immediate threat. While it is possible that over time this may change (see Golden Dawn in Greece) the RWR lacks the coherent message and articulate leadership to develop any significant constituency.

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Matt and Angela Goodman, with Vaughan, celebrating with Nazi-cake.

Their use of swastikas and military style uniforms is unlikely to get traction with middle New Zealand. RWR does want to achieve higher public support, but that is not central to their political project. Their political project is not contingent on winning a majority to their side.

To understand their political project, it is necessary to understand that RWR’s central belief is that there is a coming global race war. They don’t need to win the vote, they need soldiers, and RWR organises accordingly. Training up young men and indoctrinating them to believe that they are the front line in a global race war has the potential for these individuals to take matters into their own hands. This has already happened overseas.

On July 22, 2011, Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik set off car bombs in Oslo and attacked the youth camp of the Norwegian Labour Party, killing 77 and wounding 300. He operated as an individual for his attacks, but had a long history of collaborating with right wing extremists before this point. Tackling these right wing organisations may have stopped Anders from receiving the moral and political encouragement necessary for him to make those deadly decisions.

RWR helps to create the conditions for these attacks to happen in the future. Angry boys, guns and racism are a dangerous mix.

 

The war could start at home

The central point of Vaughan’s politics was his belief in the inevitable global race war, and his ideas on political organising flowed from this. RWR organise militarily. When I called, Vaughan openly bragged about the militia structure of RWR. “You see, I run a militia. I am aColonel and we are training guys up. When the war comes we are going to be ready.”

This militarism is central to everything RWR does. Members pledge to “fight for their family, race and nation”, and videos of these pledges are uploaded to Facebook. Members pose with guns and other weapons. They organise on quasi-military lines, with ‘divisions’ and local commanders. Members are expected to follow orders of the local Führer, and in return may be given higher rank themselves.

The central project of RWR is their planned “landbase”. The group is saving money to buy land and relocate many of their members to this site. Once secured, they intend to fortify the site and use it to provide “training” to new members and host gatherings of their supporters. Vaughan tells me that they have so far raised $42,000 dollars for this project, which is a significant resource.

For most members of RWR, this will never escalate beyond an elaborate game of dressup for angry white boys. Even if RWR as a group made a decision to attempt an armed putsch, their military capacity is very questionable.The threat isn’t that RWR as a whole will overtake the New Zealand state. The threat is that the RWR creates a space where angry young men can receive the moral and logistic support to launch individual attacks on immigrants, Māori and/or leftist activists. In the Right Wing Resistance there is a bragging macho culture. This kind of culture can lead to a feedback loop, where extreme ideas and actions are encouraged. This logic leads to escalating rhetoric, and it only takes one member of RWR to move from words to actions for this to have dire consequences, as we have seen overseas.

To stop similar attacks in New Zealand/Aotearoa RWR needs to be challenged.

 

Not on our watch

There are two ways in which right wing extremists can be challenged- challenging racist politics in general, and targeting Right Wing Resistance and its members.

The point is not to argue with the true believers. It is unlikely that Vaughan will be convinced that brown people aren’t out to get him, so refuting his arguments point by point would be a waste of energy. At the same time, it is essential that we isolate racist ideas.

Most racists do not get swastika tattoos or read Hitler. Most racists are just worried that ‘the chinese’ are the cause of Auckland’s housing crisis, or believe racist myths about Islam spread by governments in advance of wars overseas. If those racist ideas are allowed to be acceptable in the mainstream, this gives credibility to the white pride brigade.

Challenging racist government policies and media stereotypes are as important as challenging the Right Wing Resistance itself.

While the RWR does not need to win mass support – it does seek some respectability. It seeks to build a small community, and wants to reach out to disengaged white youth and provide a space of belonging. For RWR it would be a significant advance to be able to openly recruit and fundraise.

Disrupting RWR undermines their ability to function. When their events are picketed by counter protesters their ability to gain momentum and integrate new recruits is limited. Many of their members lead double lives. Someone who might appear “normal” on a day to day basis may be Heiling Hitler on their weekends. RWR is dependent on these people’s income and community networks for finance its activities and bring in new recruits.

Political groups (such as the anti-TPPA campaign- Vaughan was very proud of his attendance at these rallies) can and should seek to exclude RWR and its members from their events. Community groups, including sports clubs or social groups should take a stance against RWR being involved and cancel the membership of known racists. Anti Racists should avoid doing trade with businesses that are run by or employ known RWR members- and should actively encourage others in the community to do so to. Targeting the sources of RWR funds can go a long way to undermining the organisation.

Below is a list of names and pictures of known RWR members. I hope that this can help some communities be aware of the activities of some within their midst.

 

Vaugh Tocker- Masterton
commnet- Thats Robs smiley face behind me He stood beside me at dawn Parade . Next year im going to do a Wreath.

Ash “Phatboy” Cleve and partner Ashley Cleve- Palmerston North

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Rob (Upper Hutt)

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Beau Allen

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Kyle Chapman ( RWR Founder- also known as Kyle Kerry and Roberto W Right on Facebook)

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Ben Peterson is a writer and activist.

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26 Comments

  1. Sam Sam says:

    And imperialism, slavery, apartheid are 100 percent understandable coming from the economically challenged.

    • Tony Veitch [not etc] says:

      I’m sorry, but your statement doesn’t make any sense.

      Would you be so good as to explain it to me?

      • Sam Sam says:

        You don’t need to straw man me. That’s just supplementary to the main argument in the blog. The main argument is White Australian Supremacists isn’t something we can do much about, but we can do something about the that we have and hopefully send a message to every one else that we just won’t tolerate it. And well, what is the GCSB/SIS and police saying about this, well they seem to be all over the place, for along time they were saying we better watch out for these brown people coming from over there because they might commit a crime one day, what crime that might be is still yet to be determined. Of course this isn’t all national security measurements but the idea that there are fixed white supremacists ideas that we can target doesn’t mean anything.

  2. Helena says:

    These “RWR” people are vulnerable, obvious, open targeted, big mouthed with unused brain matter They want to be something, someone. They are open to the tap on the shoulder and whisper in the ear of encouragement to take a certain path. We have more traitors in our ranks tapping on shoulders and whispering in ears than we realize and these traitors are clean shaven, suited and quietly controlling and directing everything from behind the curtain. These are the ones for us to turn and look at …very carefully.

  3. Samwise says:

    Let’s hope the GCSB and SIS are now keeping an eye on these repugnant characters instead of focusing on leftists, muslims and environmentalists . Let’s hope eh?

  4. countryboy says:

    I’m white as snow and let me just write; the people who’ve caused me the most distress, discomfort and financial loss were white, middle class and office bound. Their greatest advantage was in knowing just that little bit more than their target prey then they kept their mouths shut to best use that devious advantage to line their pockets.
    Not one single non white person has ever caused me such distress or shown me such cruelty. The right wing are most definitely the most vile humanoid creatures to exist and if there is an ‘evil’ as such then it’s surely in them.

  5. Mike the Lefty says:

    It is a kind of cliche that in order to justify violence, you have to convince yourself that you are in a war. Because after all, when you are at war killing someone is not murder is it?
    That’s what these bastards think.
    And I think we should not underestimate the influence these people can achieve.
    There has been circulated (originated on Al Jazeera) a leader of the self-styled caliphate in Iraq who is near total defeat calling for revenge attacks in New Zealand.
    I received a text from a friend who believes a bloody religious war is about to break out here.
    Fears like that play into the hands of the extremists who want to push people into taking sides, preferably their side.
    Jacinda Adern has been marvellous in the way she has handled the situation with resolve and empathy, but there will be many more challenges ahead.

  6. Ngungukai says:

    The most destructive people in this country are white parasitic Queen St lawyers and accountants who milk everyone they can get their grubby paws on ?

  7. mary_a says:

    Ditto to all that you have said Countryboy.

  8. Spoon says:

    I have my doubts that there are any white power followers who were/are game enough to pull this kind of incident. Before now, their biggest thing was a few protest in 2013 and Kyle Chapman complained to the police because the overwhelming numbers of anti racist protesters, outnumbered him and made him scared for his safety, then criticized the police for not being tougher on them.
    Certainly a rally after 15th of March is going to be tolerated.

    That for me is the difference between hard line White Power racists in NZ and W/P Aust racists who will go that extra step
    .
    Remember before you take Arderns advice and forget who killed those 50 people…It was an out of country racist, from Australia…

    Remember it was an attack on immigrants…by..an…immigrant….

    • Helena says:

      @ SPOON … or not. Wake up wake up wake up
      Our ancestors were unnecessarily led to war before. Time to wake up.

  9. Ngungukai says:

    Someone was pressing his buttons

  10. Andy says:

    The ChCh shooter isn’t an anti-Semite according to his manifesto, which doesn’t fit the pattern of the rest of these loons

    • Sam Sam says:

      There is no pattern. Committing terrorist acts are so cheap any one can commit one on a McDonalds wage. Now there are details that Intellegence agencies can flesh out of these base anxieties but it’s just not worth going over those things any more because terrorists are social media savvy these days and they can google so there isn’t anything to discuss about this. Brenten Tarrant just needs to be made an example of how strong and calcukated our response to terror attacks are and we just need to keep raising that bar.

      • Andy says:

        Well there is a pattern with Islamic Jihadists. They use their interpretation of the Qur’an to justify their violence

        The ChCh manifesto was a hodge podge of mixed up political positions, so it is reasonable that the main thrust of it is nihilism rather than “far right”.

        • “They use their interpretation of the Qur’an to justify their violence”

          Andy, I think you’ll find that extremist’s often exploit various religious beliefs for their violent activities. It helps extremists if they think the have a powerful deity on their side.

          It’s as old as humanity itself.

  11. Marc says:

    You will find a few such extremist, deranged and isolated nutters in virtually every white dominated, and even not white dominated society.

    You will find them in some very unlikely places also.

    So you dig this out, to scare us, as if they are a significant threat.

    While they may well pose a threat, we had an immigrant from Australia act in Christchurch, apparently ON HIS OWN.

    We have others, not subscribing to such ideology, but other ideologies, lifestyles and whatever you may call it, including gangs, who are armed, worse than these individuals.

    There are many criminals with guns and who knows what, we have no idea how many semi automatic and other guns there are.

    Bringing in tighter rules, outlawing some guns, that may help, but it will NEVER totally get rid of some risk of such a horrific incident like in Christchurch to happen again.

    Also, you do not necessarily need a gun, as Breivik showed, he used certain fertiliser to make explosives.

    What happened at the two mosques in Christchurch was a nightmare scenario terror attack by a lone wolf kind of attacker. The world over we see that there is little true protection from such persons.

    So I hope the hype and endless calls for more laws, more rules, more spying and what else comes to mind will stop, so we can return to normal thinking and discussion again.

    Only if you let such terrorists scare the shit out of you and run into panic, do they succeed. New Zealand may have changed in a way, but we should not allow it to be changed too much, as that would be allowing that nasty individual to succeed destroying the fabric of NZ society and its values, if there are any left.

    Stand up against such people as soon as they pop up, and confront them, and keep and eye on them, so they know they are watched.

    That though is something only few people in NZ Inc ever dare do.

  12. Helena says:

    I keep commenting with link showing Netanyahu aka Mileikowski telling the world that Israel is No 2 of 5 EYES. Not showing yet in TDB

  13. Tinkerbell says:

    Andy, haven’t you had your fill of islamophobia already? (@ March 26, 2019 at 11:24 pm) It’s sniping like your that adds to an atmosphere of distrust, fear, and ultimately hatred that motivates a crazy minority to murder innocent people.

    Perhaps learn some recent history first before finger-pointing. The more the West has interfered in the affairs on Middle East nations (for their oil!) the greater the resentment.

    We are not innocent, not by any imagination.

  14. Michelle says:

    shake the trees and the monkeys will fall out but the monkeys aren’t black no! they are white monkeys and they are very racist

  15. Wensleydale says:

    What a sorry collection of scrawny, friendless losers. I guess it’s easier to justify your personal failings and lack of success in life when you can claim you’re being oppressed by ethnic minorities. “I would have made something of my life, but instead I chose to be a hateful, bigoted muppet who idolises a genocidal maniac. Because I’m lazy. And a bit stupid.” Inking swastikas all over yourself is a sure-fire way to have the rest of the general population regard you as something they’d ordinarily scrape off the sole of their shoe.

    Incidentally, Kyle Chapman looks like he should be working at the local comic book shop.

  16. Deadpool's Cat - Not Your Average Comicbook Hero says:

    “Incidentally, Kyle Chapman looks like he should be working at the local comic book shop.”

    Oi!! I resemble that!! No way would that racist buffoon fit into a comicbook shop! Have you seen how multicultural and gender-diverse “comic book” characters have become?

    DC, Marvel, and the Independents look more like our world than the sanitized ‘white-bread’ 1950s and 60s! White boys like Chapman would have a coronary!

  17. Marc says:

    What went wrong in their childhood? Were their fathers alcoholic child bashers? And this in clean and green NZ Aotearoa, sigh.


 
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