ABOUT PAPAROA

نحن نقف معا   ko tātou tātou  we are one

PAPAROA refers to an area spread with cloaks to mark a special place of honour.  This website was launched on 31st March 2019, primarily as a response to the horrific terrorist attacks on the Alnoor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch. As-Salaam-Alaikum.

The Paparoa team
Linda Williams at Paparoa
Paparoa and the far right / alt right

The organisers behind Paparoa have chosen to remain anonymous, given the general level of psychosis that characterises the far right. We also guarantee anonymity to our supporters, members, collaborators and contributors. This is explained further below. Linda Williams is the sole exception. Although she isn’t sure about having her photograph or address published for family reasons, Linda is more than happy to act as the group’s contact and liaison person. You can reach her at linda.williams@paparoa.org. Ivan is co-ordinating our database project, ‘the Paparoa Files’, which is run along lines similar to Wikipedia (contact ivan.dobsky@paparoa.org). And Peter is helping with accounts and I.T. support (support@paparoa.org).

We got some great help before starting this project, and we want to acknowledge all the researchers and activists who have worked in this area for so many years. Ka kitea he mahi tino pakeke rawa te mahi nei, te whaikōrero, ehara i te mahi kai parāoa, he mahi mā te tangata mātau. The concerns you have expressed again and again have been truly borne out – not just by what happened in Christchurch but by the appalling rise in racist attacks, islamophobia, hate speech, social media trolling and targeted vandalism. Among our activist friends there is also a brave bunch who have reached out to the white supremacists and tried to understand what makes them tick (an apt metaphor if there ever was one!). Great work – we hope to be able to help.

And then there’s you. Please consider supporting our work @Paparoa. If we can get to 100 supporters, each with a koha of $5.00, then we will have covered our hard costs for the year. Any support you can offer will be 100% confidential. We’d also be glad to hear your stories, and we’d be thankful for any help we can get with languages, cultural sensitivity, contacts, research and/or social networking expertise. The broader base we can build, and the more democratic we can become, the more chance we have of preventing the next hate crime.

PRIVACY AND SECURITY

When you join Paparoa your identity is totally protected. We don’t even know it ourselves! That may seem a bit O.T.T. but the people we are dealing with in this work are, by definition, sociopaths.
• Unless out I.T. folks suggest there is cause for concern, we do not ask for your name, address, phone number, date of birth. All we need is your email address.
• Your email address is not stored anywhere on our servers. Even if Paparoa were hacked wide open, no link to your identity could be found.
• PayPal may ask for more information than we do. That is their business and there is not much we can do about it.
• Our servers are based in Iceland, which (along with Switzerland) has the most advanced legislation in the world to protect online privacy.
• When you join we will send you an anonymised user name and a password. After that, not even your own mother would recognise you! 🙂