The "wellbeing" Budget posed an interesting question: How does one measure a country's health? One way might be to measure neo-Nazis per capita.

As useful as such a measure might be, we don't have it. In fact, measuring the degree and depth of white supremacy in New Zealand is difficult and becoming harder.

Given this, it's easy to understate the problem or overstate it. Neither gets us far toward wellbeing.


In the past, the job of identifying white supremacists was rather easy; they stomped around in Dr Martens boots, with shaved heads and braces. The genesis of this trend