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A few weeks ago a Facebook page was started for a new political party in New Zealand calling itself the Pakeha Party. It instantly went viral and gained a solid amount of media coverage and even started an official website for people to join and pay fees to have the party properly registered.
This evening however things appear to have gone way of the rails on their Facebook page with the founder David Ruck embarking on a night of drunken raving which has been hilarious to watch, especially for the anger and disappointment being expressed by the pages followers at the obvious destruction of credibility.
A week ago I introduced you to the idea that the Pakeha Party is a marketing scam. You got to see the email exchange between David Ruck, the Pakeha Party marketing guy, and what he thought was a potential “buyer” of the Party. A cool $100,000 was being asked for.
The blog ran a poll and at the time and 56% of you decided on the strength of what you had seen about the The Pakeha Party back then, it was most likely a personal initiative by David Ruck to make money, and not a genuine political movement.
Here is convicted criminal David Ruck‘s latest attempt to get money from anyone that hasn’t given up on the The Dream of a NZ where there is no Treaty of Waitangi:
Turns out that the Pakeha Party may not be a genuine movement at all. You decide.
Here is the email exchange. Between David Ruck, the seller of thepakehaparty.co.nz and its Facebook page, and Paul Harris, the potential buyer.
Hi Paul [Harris, aka stonemaster],
Please use david.ruck [AT] 0199.co.nz to correspond.
We have a *website being built with excellent features* – I will hand
this over and redirect www.thepakehaparty.co.nz to your domain name.
I will also *hand over admin to the Facebook page* and advise the
best way to introduce the best way to present your party to the strong
following on there (with some well constructed status updates).
This has been a *HUGE marketing campaign* that has been created for
you!!!!! ALL that *media exposure* and you get to take it all over!!!
You simply can’t get any better than this absolutely.
*$100, 000 and I hand it ALL over to you and [remainder of email cut off]
Paul then responds to David Ruck:
Dont know what to say…really dont.
Its a pity it was all a revenue collection thing.
David realises he’s come on too strong
It isn’t. If you guys don’t want it I’ll go forth with it. But because
you are trying to do a similar thing I thought I’d offer you the
opportunity to take it over
Paul isn’t buying this new explanation. He’s actually coming from a genuine point of wanting to have a Pakeha Party himself. He replies
Over four decades this team has been working on this. Not a facebook page
or a tv interview, but actually gathering evidence and research. Time
I havnt got the heart to mention it to them.
End of the day, you have 40,000 Kiwis you are going to trick, pay and
Was telling a guy today that David Ruck will be remembered as the guy
that started the movement. I dare say I feel you will be remembered for
something a little different.
Real kick in the teeth for a bunch of people that have tirelessly worked
for years to gather the truth and the facts so that even your kids could
grow up as equal New Zealanders.
Yep. Paul’s gutted. His dream of a genuine 40,000 New Zealanders-strong Pakeha movement is nothing more than the dream it was the day before.
David isn’t quite done yet
I’ve been speaking to them – they think it’s a great idea. I didn’t
realize you weren’t involved in that process – it’s maaaaarketing AND more
- every political party has to pay ALOT for marketing my friend. I will
deal directly with them.
Sorry for any mis-understandings Paul I think you are taking this the
At this stage Paul has lost all interest, and is no longer up for a fight
Yes, maybe I did take it the wrong way.
Good luck and all the best in the negotiations.
You did well David.
So, readers. A little poll, below.
Based on what I've heard, seen and read to date, I believe that
The Pakeha Party is a money making scam (56%, 369 Votes)
I'm not sure. I'm going to watch this develop (33%, 220 Votes)
The Pakeha Party is a genuine political movement (11%, 73 Votes)