New Zealand's anti-immigration party launches campaign

01 August 2005

The anti immigration party New Zealand First has launched its election campaign across the country for the upcoming elections on 17 September.

The party could be a key player in the next parliament, although other parties shy away from a coalition with what some call a "racist" and "xenophobic" party.

The party's leader Winston Peters arrived on stage on the back of a Harley Davidson. Mr Peters says the old parties have been too soft on immigrants and his is the only party which would keep "undesirables" out of new Zealand. The opposition national party would probably need the support of new Zealand first to form a government.