Tuesday 25 February 2020 7:30 - 8:30 PM
The 15th of March was a disturbing event in our history but it marked, what I have called elsewhere, the “end of our naivity” as New Zealanders. The extreme right, including the white supremacist groups and activists, have been a part of New Zealand’s political scene since the late 1960s. There are surprising number of groups and probably around 250 core activists. Recent developments have been the inclusion of Islamaphobic comments and views in their worldview, the use of the internet to convey their message and attack certain individuals and groups. and actively linking with global activists and groups. So who are they? What do they believe? And should we be worried about their presence and activities? This talk will try and answer some of these questions as well as providing a history of these groups and extreme activists.
Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley was, until recently, the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, at Massey University. He is the author or editor of 27 books, the most recent being "Rebooting the Regions" (2016). He is currently writing two books, one on social and demographic change in New Zealand while the other concerns the extreme right in this country. He is a Programme Leader of a research programme on the impacts of immigration and diversity on Aotearoa (MBIE, 2014-2020, $5.5 million). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2011 and was granted the title of Distinguished Professor by Massey University in 2013. He was awarded the Science and Technology Medal by the Royal Society in 2009, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley in 2010, and since 2013, he has been a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, most recently in 2019. The Auckland War Memorial Museum made him a Fellow in 2015. He is member of the Marsden Fund Council.
Please register for this talk so we can plan seating for the expected numbers. A small donation on arrival at the door is appreciated but not compulsory.