PAPAROA refers to an area spread with cloaks to mark a special place of honour. This website is our sincere tribute to the victims of the terrorist massacre in Christchurch. Let's honour them by ensuring racism becomes permanently off-limits in Aotearoa/NZ. As Bobby Seale put it: "The best way to fight racism is with solidarity".
نحن نقف معا   -   ko tātou tātou   -   we are one
Paparoa: Standing up to the far right

Standing up to the far right

Remember this image? In 2017 members of the far-right English Defense League took to the streets of Birmingham to express their various forms of displaced rage. At one stage about 20 of them surrounded a woman in a hijab. This was when Saffiyah Khan stepped in. The city’s local MP summed it up rather gloriously: “Who looks like they have power here – the real Brummy on the left or the EDL who migrated for the day to our city and failed to assimilate?”

It's about ordinary people

An equally iconic image is that of Danuta Danielsson taking a swipe at a young member of the Nordic Reich Party in 1985. Danielsson was a Polish-Jewish immigrant whose mother had been interned in a concentration camp during World War II. The look on her face says it all. She’s no thug, not by any stretch of the imagination, but she’s so enraged by these creeps that she just can’t help herself. The Swedes loved this image so much they declared 13th April ‘Danuta Day’ and the Photographic Historical Society declared this ‘Picture of the Century’.


Doing what comes naturally

The people of Aotearoa/NZ responded in many different ways to the attacks at the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre. There were huge public gatherings with thousands wearing headscarves in solidarity; haka all over the country; floral tributes; gang members providing security during prayers; sports events and concerts cancelled; interfaith worship at mosques; website take-downs; investigative reports; law changes; and millions of dollars collected for the victims’ whānau. A Royal Commission is now under way. This is our offering. May it serve.

What can we do to prevent the next attack?

Sooner or later many of us will move on. Before we do, let’s ask ourselves one crucial question: What can we do to make sure this never happens again? We want everybody to feel safe and welcome in this country. So – what can we do to identify, monitor and help those whose minds are stuck in feedback loops of anger and hatred? One of Paparoa’s main goals is to identify members of the far right. Supporters have sent us swathes of files and photographs, and this is being used to identify threats. But that’s only half the job. We also need to reduce the risk these people pose. Supporters are currently discussing options for setting up a deradicalisation programme. Watch this space!