February 19, 2019

Almost All Cases of Growing Cannabis Are Altruistic

By VJM

New Zealand cannabis law reform supporters were overjoyed on Monday by the news that Rose Renton was discharged without conviction in her case at the Nelson District Court. Charged with the cultivation of 58 plants, she could have been facing seven years’ imprisonment. As this essay will examine, the logic used to exonerate her could […]

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February 19, 2019

1936: Kings High

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Principal: Schools being asked to do parents’ role. Great speech kicks in at 4mins Kings High (est 1936, in time for James K Baxter to attend) is a Dunedin boys-only school. Rector/Headmaster Dan Reddiex is upholding a tradition which, of course, goes back to deep roots among the Scottish Presbyterians: The core value of quality […]

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February 18, 2019

1960: Henderson Intermediate

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Henderson intermediate (‘where students flourish and grow’) established out of Henderson High (Auckland) in about 1960. Within the last year or two they came up with this simple R2P2 (Respectful, Responsible, Prepared, Proud) school values idea. My guess is it happened in 2015 to coincide with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. The Principal, or whoever […]

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February 17, 2019

1953: Prize-Giving Speech

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Prize-Giving Speech was recorded on LP for  Barney Flanagan and Other Poems (1973) but dates, I think, from poet J.K.Baxter’s The Fallen House (1953.) Baxter wrote many powerful poems to deliberately provoke and enliven New Zealand culture. Such attempts needed to be frustrated by being re-framed as a friendly Kiwiana icon. Like the song Born in the […]

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February 15, 2019

1870: The University of New Zealand Act

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

2 September 1870: The University of New Zealand Act An act to take take over perfectly good and individual institutions and roll them into one state-controlled kragled ball. The academic version of abolishing the provinces! Effective 1874. Eventually another reform released the individual universities again but that itself, you may be sure, was simply another […]

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February 13, 2019

Taxing Nobody

By Gekko

This guy is a clown. Apart from being a bizarre legalese defence that would be relatively easy to dismiss, the very act of making a legal claim against taxation will always fail. Petitioning the state, which rests its entire legitimacy on its ability to enforce a legal framework through which it can raise taxes, via […]

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February 8, 2019

The Competition of Private Property

By Gekko

Checking Out of Society (Medium.com) The above article is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at some ways to avoid the hell that is other people. As an introvert I can, to some extent, agree with much that the author suggests. However there was one part that stuck out like the proverbial canine gonads: Living in large […]

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February 7, 2019

1981: Kiwis Bombing Kiwis

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

In 1981 triathlete Erin Baker became a criminal, guilty of launching an incendiary weapon during the Springbok Tour protest. No travel visa for you, no more sporting adventure$$ in America. Rightly so! Throwing bombs is a violent and serious business and she was responsible. Her claim (which I fully accept) is that it was only […]

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February 7, 2019

1853: G.J. Leech of Rangiora

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

George John Leech, 1821-1902, Patriarch and founder of Rangiora in North Canterbury. Practically the first to move to that town back in 1853 and was very involved in the community (eg Rangiora High, Anglican Church,..). Unlike other ‘Rangoons’ founders there seems very little to commemorate the man. Contemporaries such as Ivory, Blackett, Cone, and Torlesse […]

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February 6, 2019

1927: Driving tests and licences introduced by the Henderson Town Board

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Today in history: 92 Years Ago: Driving tests and licences introduced by the Henderson Town Board (5/2/1927) Car drivers licences had been compulsory since the Motor Vehicles Act, 1924, came into force. Licences were issued by the Post Office. West Aucklanders who wished to have a licence must have had to travel into greater Auckland […]

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February 5, 2019

1955: New Zealand Honey Marketing Authority

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Political corruption over control of produce has a long, long, tradition in New Zealand. We’re a land of milk and honey and both of these are the prize in a never-ending mafia turf war for oligopolistic control. The New Zealand Honey Marketing Authority (HMA,) Established 1955 The HMA ruled honey for 30 years until Roger […]

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February 3, 2019

1966: Decimal Coins

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

These initial designs were pretty damn bad. In January 1966 the crappy designs for the new decimal coins were leaked by the Evening Post. The man in charge, future Prime Minister Robert Muldoon who quipped as a reporter departed,.. “Of course, there are those who would say that it doesn’t matter what’s on the coins so […]

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February 2, 2019