Kirsty Johnston reports from inside the secretive world of Kiwi political extremists.
Secondly a week later New Zealand First leader Winston Peters visited Victoria University in Wellington.
During his speech to students he questioned the media’s role in causing the ‘European’ group to shut down.
He accused journalists of suppressing dissenting voices and on his way out unashamedly signed a cartoon of a frog named Pepe – the most popular symbol of the alt-right.
Peters’ actions set the New Zealand 4Chan boards alight.
‘Guess who just got my vote!!’ one user wrote.
‘Winston is based’. (Based – loosely – means good).
‘Absolutely BASED’ said another.
‘Winnie has my undying respect’.
‘Winston is /ourguy/right?’ another asked.
‘I want someone to get rid of the Indians and Chinese – those f****** are stealing our country right out from under us’.
In addition to the hype users began earnestly discussing the importance of helping Peters win.
‘As we all know meme magic is enormously powerful’.
Bill English has lost the election – it belongs to Winston’ one said.
‘All that needs to happen is for us to make it happen through our collective (meme) power’.