The latest immigration rant from NZ First is highly offensive and bordering on paranoid. Peters proposes an immigration “flying squad” staffed by patriotic New Zealanders. Sounds like vigilantes to me.
Peters plays to xenophobia as he doesn’t oppose immigrants per se, just some immigrants such as Asians. I’ve yet to hear him rail against British immigrants, such as his Deputy Leader.
This sort of xenophobic scare-mongering does have real effects. We just have to look at Antonie Dixon who has just got sentenced to no parole for 20 years for a brutal murder. What did Dixon tell the Police – “he had shot a black bastard who deserved to die, criticised Mr Te Aute for being in a “white area” and complained that the country was overrun by blacks and Asians”