A popular Facebook page called The Pakeha Party is making waves throughout the country after it exploded onto the national scene yesterday, and its founders are now saying they intend to register with the Electoral Commission so they can fight to alleviate the unique struggles of white New Zealanders, such as finding a suitable variety of fair trade coffees and being able to afford DVD box sets of The Wire.
Founder and spokesperson for the party, David Ruck, explained the rationale for his page on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp last night.
“Well me and a mate, we just thought, hey, there’s a Maori Party, there’s a Mana Party, so why can’t we have a Pakeha Party? If they can fight for the struggles unique to them, then we can fight for the struggles that only white people face, like forgetting your laptop charger, or not having the correct change for the bus.”
Ruck dismissed the idea that Maori are economically disadvantaged because of the systemic marginalization of their parents and ancestors.
“My ancestors faced hardship too,” he argued. “My great, great grandfather died coming on a boat to settle this place. You don’t see me fuckin’ complaining about it.”
That answer set off a frenzied reaction on the party’s Facebook page, with commenters agreeing that he made a “good argument,” and that their ancestors had also died or tripped and fallen at some point.
Ruck added that he found the Maori notion of collective, community ownership of assets to be “disgusting,” saying they should not be receiving so much of “our” stuff.
Despite its popularity, The Pakeha Party has come under fire from some for profiling itself with a picture of a British colonial vessel; something critics say makes the page appear intimidating, and suggests that the party condones white imperialism and expansionism.
But Ruck said he wasn’t necessarily advocating a return to our British colonial past, though he was concerned about why we didn’t still own some of our former colonies.
“Who gave India away, anyway?” he asked. “I’m not familiar with all the history, but I’m pretty sure we used to have that.”
During a RadioLive interview with a noticeably stoned Duncan Garner, Ruck conceded that he wasn’t “schooled up” on Maori history, either.
“Well, look, I don’t know all of it,” he said. “But I do know about what’s happening today, and it’s a big problem, and it goes back a long way.”
Ruck said he believed it all started “when Hone Heke captured the sun.”
“I suppose it’s gotten better in that respect,” he said. “Today, they want our cigarettes and booze, but back then they thought they could have the whole fuckin’ sun. Well get your hands off Maoris, that’s not yours.”
When asked about what his policies would be, Ruck said that the party wasn’t yet sure about those details, but would aim to return white people to surplus by the financial year of 2017/18.
He added that he would set up a poll on his website so that “the people” could vote for what they wanted the party’s policies to be, and at this hour, it is widely expected that the policies adopted from this process will be “Send them home” and “Free beer.”