December 9, 2018

1936: Jack Lovelock, Political Puppet

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

November/December, 1936: Jack Lovelock tours New Zealand on the back of his success at the Berlin Olympics (August ’36.) Living overseas at this point, he was, never the less, captain of the NZ Olympic Team that showed the Krauts what was what. (Actually, I have an earlier post about that asking if Lovelock and other […]

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December 10, 2018

Could Fuel Tax Riots Come to New Zealand?

By VJM

Europe is caught in its heaviest protests since 1968. Ostensibly as a result of fuel taxes, they have become so large that in France some are concerned they may lead to a nationalist revolution, and French President Emmanuel Macron is rumoured to have given orders to send in tanks to quell any unrest this coming […]

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December 8, 2018

1868: Death of Chief Tainui

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Today in history: 8 December, 1880, Burial of Chief Werita Tainui in Greymouth where he had been a very early inhabitant. He had died on November 30th. Tainui’s brother, Tarapuhi had come seeking greenstone in the late 1700s but met with a lethal reception from the local Ngati Wairangi tribe. The brothers’ war party, perhaps with […]

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December 7, 2018

The Boomers: Kiwis vs Frogs

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Opinion Civil war in France within 6 months? I say non, monsieur. The French are revolting, especially in Paris, against their State. Main complaint being the punitive tax (real and hidden) harming their standard of living. They have no leaders and no particular demands. They are destructive and civilly disobedient toward the State’s forced called to […]

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December 6, 2018

Civilisation VI: Maori Expantion Pack

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Video game Civilization VI is due for another new Expantion Pack in February 14 2019. Along with the new features there will be 9 new leaders including– get this- the mythical Kupe and his Maori culture! The news just broke about this addition, it looks like all sorts of educational fun! Kupe is the New Zealand […]

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December 5, 2018

Mental Illness is a Political Concept, Not a Medical One

By VJM

Many people live under the glib assumption that mental illness is a subject that the experts have got a good handle on. These experts, through the wisdom gleaned from decades of studying human behaviour in a myriad of contexts, have made a clear distinction between mentally ill and mentally healthy behaviours and thoughts, and can […]

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December 4, 2018

2009: Cadbury Switched to Palm Oil

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Since 1930, one of New Zealand’s great brands and tying us back to ‘Home’ in England where Cadbury chocolate was established in 1824. Brands and logos we once had like Cadbury’s were like the standards and crests of our great families going back to Feudal times. These days, more and more, the feudal insignia stamped […]

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November 29, 2018

1979: New Zealand State Kills 257 at Erebus

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Today in History Back in the 1970s New Zealand’s culture was in a more muscular arc. We were healthy, physical, politically incorrect. We had challenging children’s playgrounds and adventurous recreation. We still had exotic animals and exhibitions and we had scenic flights to the frozen continent: Antarctica. History repeats and these adventurous days will come […]

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November 28, 2018

1955: Who Will Build the Roads?

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

But without Government who will build the roads? 1955, citizens on the North Shore are told their infrastructure is not a council priority so they set to work themselves! when residents of Williamson Ave in Belmont, told by the Takapuna Borough Council that their street wasn’t high up in priority for footpath work, took it […]

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November 27, 2018

1983: Savage Islands

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

I’ve recently discovered this NZ made film, where Tommy Lee Jones shoots Prince Tui Teka stone dead. Savage Islands (1983) was an attempted rip-off of Indiana Jones but in the form of some kinda buddy movie. Fail Wikipedia is right, swashbuckling films are basically doomed with the surprise exception of Pirates of the Caribbean and […]

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November 26, 2018

1941: The General Election That Never Was

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

The Former Prime Minister Hon Walter Nash’s Oak Manrobe has appeared on Trade Me. Thanks to History Always Repeats for noticing. Possibly part of the Labour 1.0 Prime Ministerial penthouse on parliament’s rooftop? Seldom mentioned, it seems to have been a sort of palatial pad for a ‘shaken not stirred’ political elites. Nash, at the […]

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November 25, 2018

1975: General Election; ‘The Cities’

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Oh what a wonderful clip of the 1975 election campaign! It has been shared by Newshub but released on Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision archives. The commenters around the traps seem to think the observations in this campaign advert are quite prescient. They were not. In this era New Zealand was already living through the […]

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November 24, 2018