1 For most people, the America's Cup is a rather esoteric series of races between very expensive yachts. For far right activist Derrick Storey, though, the Cup is an opportunity to demonstrate the superiority of whites over Maori. (thread)
2 Derrick Storey lives in Palmerston North, where he runs an accountancy business. He's a prolific social media poster and writer of letters to newspapers, whose work has often been republished by Don Brash's outfit Hobson's Pledge. This photo shows Storey with Brash in 2018.
3 On June the 27th 2017 Storey posted on Hobson's Pledge's facebook feed to share his delight at the victory of Team NZ in the America's Cup. In Storey's opinion, a policy of segregation had been key to NZ's success.
4 'The reason the America's Cup was so successful was because there were no Maori involved' Storey wrote. 'Don't go accommodating to their whims and tell them to piss off...There was a lot of Kiwi ingenuity, Blood, Sweat and Tears that went into winning the America's Cup'
5 After Storey had made his comment, which was sadly typical of the messages he leaves with Hobson's Pledge, I blogged about white supremacism on the HP facebook feed, & contacted HP's leadership to ask them how they felt about Storey. readingthemaps.blogspot.com/2017/07/brashs…
6 I received no official response from HP, but a disenchanted member did contact me to complain that the organisation had been captured by out-and-out bigots like Storey. The fact that Brash was campaigning alongside Storey in 2018 is damning.
7 Like a number of Hobson's Pledge activists, Storey appears to have become radicalised in 2020. He's now preaching that covid-19 is a scam designed to allow a 'global reset' & the mass extinction of white people. Hobson's Pledge may have become a staging post to fascism.

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