King-Ansell first achieved national New Zealand fame in 1968 when he appeared on a television current affairs programme. When questioned about the Holocaust, he dismissed it as lies and Allied propaganda, prompting public anger.
King-Ansell however did not elaborate his views on the screen. Seven years later the current affairs host Brian Edwards said the first tape of the interview was accidentally not broadcast.
In 1969 he became leader of the National Socialist Party. He stood for the National Socialists in the general elections of 1972 and 1975 he contested the Eden electorate and in 1978 he contested the seat of Onehunga. In 1979 he was fined $400 following an appeal against a three-month prison sentence for breaching the Race Relations Act.
In 2006, King-Ansell became chairman of a local business association, Progress Hawera, but was expelled when his far-right past was exposed. He leads the New Zealand National Front. He declared[when?] that he has renounced Nazism.
King-Ansell is, however, still active in so called racist and neo Nazi politics. At a rally in 2017, he, along with other accused neo-Nazis had to be escorted by police away from counter-protesters.
^Hitler ’stuffed up a damn good idea’ The Taranaki Daily News 17 June 2006
^Spoonley, Paul The Politics of Nostalgia: racism and the extreme right in New Zealand The Dunmore Press (1987) p. 155
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^Norton, Clifford (1988). New Zealand Parliamentary Election Results 1946-1987: Occasional Publications No 1, Department of Political Science. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington. pp. 221, 296. ISBN0-475-11200-8.
^Spoonley, Paul The Politics of Nostalgia: racism and the extreme right in New Zealand The Dunmore Press (1987), p. 155
^Exposed! Heil Hawera: Past catches up with former neo-Nazi leader The Taranaki Daily News 17 June 2006.
^"Right-wing party 'not recruiting in schools", The Taranaki Daily News, 13 March 2009.