Auckland University

EXCLUSIVE: Whaleoil interview with the President of the AUESA

When the MSM went all in on the so-called White supremacist, Nazi scandal at Auckland University I followed the hysteria closely. I reached out to the President of the AUESA on facebook.

… this time we feel it’s best for our individual members’ safety if we let this whole thing die down although someone may contact you in future depending on what happens.

-President AUESA

About 30 minutes after I received the response from the AUESA President the group’s facebook was closed down. It concerned me that the reaction was so bad that he felt that he had to close down the group and I wondered what had happened. Recently the page became live again and I requested and was granted an interview. Now for the first time, we can find out what really happened at Auckland University and how the group came about.

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The anti-fascist groups in Auckland must be thrilled

It is tough being an anti-fascist these days. It is hard to get respect for the war on Nazis when New Zealand lacks any clear targets for your violent rhetoric. The recent Anti-Nazi rally in Auckland was a big flop thanks to both the rain and a distinct lack of Nazis to bash.

To be fair anti-fascists did manage to label a European Culture group at Auckland University fascists and white supremacists on the most flimsy of evidence and they did manage to close them down with death threats and threats of violence. But what do you do when you are all about fighting Nazis and there are none to be fought? Luckily for the Auckland anti-fascist group out of nowhere, an enemy appeared for them to fight and conveniently posted their White supremacist posters all over Auckland University (co-incidentally the anti-fascist group’s favourite hunting ground.)

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Political correctness inside Universities

We have seen corrosive political correctness at work inside Auckland University where a European culture group was bullied into shutting down with death threats and threats of violence. The University was hostile towards the group from the start and declared them guilty of racism and fascism until they could prove themselves innocent. The incident revealed the tip of the iceberg as it is symptomatic of an underlying, suffocating culture where conservative voices and white students are silenced not just here in New Zealand but on American and other University campuses too.

..The flesh-eating bacterium of political correctness…which has become endemic on elite college campuses

…the persistent attempt to suppress the expression of unwelcome beliefs and ideas.

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New Zealand’s anti-Fascists are trouble looking for a place to happen

New Zealand’s anti-fascists look at the world through Nazi tinted spectacles. A few days before their scheduled anti-Fascism march with no New Zealand Fascists available for them to rail against and attack they made some up. After all, where is the fun in virtue signaling how righteous you are if you don’t have an evil enemy to destroy?

First, they accused their chosen victims of the crime of White Pride on the flimsiest of pretexts. They then forced the harmless and newly formed Auckland University European culture group to shut down by using death threats and threats of violence.  After that success, drunk with power they were emboldened to go after a new European culture club at AUT. This time lacking even the flimsy pretext of a slogan that contained a couple of words the same as an old Nazi one they simply declared them to be up to no good and coordinated an attack against them.

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ISO do not want free speech on New Zealand educational campuses

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The recent creation of two European student culture groups has brought all the anti-free speech worms out of the woodwork. The ISO (International Socialism Organisation of Aotearoa /New Zealand) had this to say about students wanting to celebrate European culture.

Keep the ‘European Students Association’ off Auckland University campus!

So Trumpism has hit New Zealand shores. A group calling itself the ‘European Students Association’ is trying to set itself up at the University of Auckland. The group’s website is covered in all the usual muck of the far right, with slogans echoing SS phrases from Nazi Germany and weasley phrases about ‘European culture’.

This is a clear provocation, and it is heartening to see how students have responded. The Auckland University Students Association is speaking out against the group, and students are planning a protest against the presence of these creeps organizing on campus. We salute AUSA’s stand, and urge all students and staff to join the protest. (Facebook page details are here).

At the very best the European Students Association is a piece of post-Trump trolling, stirring the pot of antagonism. At its worst it is a genuine far-right organization attempting to gain a foothold on campus. Either way it needs to be opposed. We say: no space for fascism! Stand up to racism and bigotry!

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Why a European club is different from other clubs

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Foolishly I laboured under the belief that we are all equal here in New Zealand. I expected Auckland University to be a campus where freedom of speech and diversity of cultures would be embraced.

One commenter on the Auckland University Facebook page who studied Human Rights and International Relations at The University of Auckland doesn’t share my point of view and explains why a European club is different from other clubs.

He is not alone in his thinking.

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Why does this student want to set up a European Student Association?

My interview with a self-described Jewish NZ European happened after I came across a lot of backlash on social media about the witch hunt at Auckland University. The witch hunt resulted in the Auckland University European Student Association disbanding and shutting down their facebook page thanks to death threats and threats of violence against members.

Amongst the backlash on social media students were talking about setting up European student groups at their own educational institutions in New Zealand. I contacted one of them to find out more about his/her motivation for founding such a group given what had happened to the association at Auckland University.


Whaleoil: The Auckland University European Students’ Association deleted their facebook page today. They said that while they appreciated people’s support they felt that it was best for their individual member’s safety if they let the whole thing die down before saying anything further.

Given the hostile response that this group encountered almost immediately after forming the association, why are you now considering starting up a similar association at the educational campus in New Zealand that you attend?

Anonymous: Because it’s exposed an insidious double standard that exists within our society. Which is basically: There’s nothing wrong with being proud of who you are and where you came from. Unless you’re white in which case you are a racist.

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Whaleoil chats to an ex-member of the AUSA about the recent witch hunt of the AUESA

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Whaleoil: What year were you a member of AUSA and what did that involve for you?

Anonymous: I was involved in AUSA during the 2000’s in a number of ways including as an executive member. As with any student association or governance board, it involved attending governance meetings and contributing to decisions on spending student money. At the time the key issues related to voluntary student membership which passed by AUSA and the potential effects including risk aversion action by putting AUSA run enterprises into trusts.

Whaleoil: How do you feel about how AUSA 2017 handled the Auckland University European Student’s Association group?

Anonymous: Poorly is probably an understatement. I find it difficult to believe that they have issued only two statements in the last two years outside of election information and both are relating to a club who may ‘potentially’ cause offence. Many clubs within AUSA could/should not exist if this is the yardstick you measure if a club should exist or be ‘allowed to be promoted.

A number of their current clubs have this ‘potential’ or do so in actuality. All religious clubs have the ‘potential’ to offend or alienate people and I won’t even mention the cultural appropriation of the clearly racist lacrosse club. Given the outcry when anyone dares to wear a native American headdress why not the same outcry for Lacrosse?  I imagine not many native Americans are in that uni club.

[*Lacrosse is a European appropriation of a traditional native American game.]

I think all should absolutely remain as clubs but it shows how crazy it is to advocate against a club on a ‘potentially harmful basis. While there may be other things behind all of this that haven’t been put in press releases, without any info it is just the proclaimed tolerant being intolerant.

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AUSA guide to shutting down and silencing Europeans on Campus

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Step one: Get a political organisation to put a complaint about the target group on a public forum to get the outrage started. This works particularly well if you are wanting to smear a group as being a Fascist group when the complainant already has an anti-Fascism event planned in a few days time.

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Step two: Jump in boots and all and declare that you are taking action. Use an exclamation point to show that you mean business and to indicate what a serious situation it is.

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You can have a Maori or Chinese or Pasifika student association but you better dare not have a European one

Auckland Universtiy has a Maori Students Association, a Pasifika Students Association, a Chinese Students Association and many other student associations including a Muslim Student Association.

But the creation of a European Student Association has caused outrage amongst the snowflakes and Susan Devoy who has said she will be watching this group very closely indeed.

The Race Relations Commissioner says she will “keep an eye on” a student club which is using symbols also used by white supremacist groups.

The European Students Association has been established at Auckland University and has some fearing it’s a white nationalist group.

The group will be included in next week’s orientation week, despite objections from students. The university has allowed the group to hold a stall and recruit members at the Clubs Expo.   Read more »