September 22, 2018

The Truth about Smiling

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Western history, including New Zealand, can be divided up between Pre-Smile and Post-Smile eras. Even though portraiture far pre-dates photography, our posing ancestors elected not to smile then either. So why the change around 1870? Usually it’s explained by photographic technology changing, just as Nelson Provincial Museum wrote here… “…people had to stay very still […]

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September 23, 2018

Bob Jones

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

“Taxation is theft.” ‘To cheat the IRD is a moral duty!’ – Bob Jones These quotes come from a 1976 Speech given for National Government Minister Young. It caused a huge stir and the Minister had to flee his own fundraiser! The speech attracted much attention and fury both during the event and after. Jones […]

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September 22, 2018

Having it all, honestly?

By Guest Blog

Having it all in 2018 FTA: “And yet the 37-year-old mother of one is part of a ridiculously large cohort of women who have had to forgo more senior positions in their chosen careers because their organisations won’t accommodate more flexible working arrangements to raise the future little taxpayers of New Zealand.” Purposefully born into […]

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September 21, 2018

Reuptake of Methamphetamine in the Beehive

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

The New Zealand State has used drugs as a commodity to control the population since The Poisons Administrative Act, 1866. A strong argument could be made that it was from the very start since Hobson and The Treaty occurred against the backdrop of the Opium War. Hobson’s personnel and ships were needed for Britain’s drug […]

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September 21, 2018

Kiwi Corruption

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

“Every man has his price and the Kiwis, being lower than most, his corruption is not highly visible.” – Gordon McLauchlan A good co-post to go with VJM’s latest post: New Zealand is Corrupt as Shit Image ref. gordonmclauchlan.com (Seemingly offline now but alive and well in 2017) Post syndicated from http://ahnz.anarkiwi.co.nz/kiwi-corruption/.

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September 21, 2018

New Zealand is Corrupt as Shit

By VJM

If a politician is bribed, but the people are too stupid to realise that a bribe has been made, is it really bribery? In the midst of the worst homelessness and mental health crises this country has ever known, the Labour-NZ First coalition Government has decided to double the refugee quota, placing incredible strain on […]

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September 21, 2018

Kate Sheppard

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Today in history: 19 September 1893: Womens’ Sufferage enacted in New Zealand. What a disaster it has been! “It is women who keep the doors of society closed,” who traditionally wield all the cards of social capital, child raising, reproduction, and household consumption. Back in the 1890s it was Kate Sheppard who led the way […]

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September 19, 2018

Assid Corban’s Last Battle

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Once the hub of a pioneer West Auckland wine empire, now a public park.Corban Estate is a nice quiet place because the area and buildings are on artificial life support by the State. Old Man Corban, who gave it up, wants wanted to build a wine museum there. He, an ex-mayor, has had the clout […]

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September 18, 2018

The Inflammability of Red Tape

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Red tape is so inflammable. The little historic Corban’s shed in Henderson, Auckland, reminds me of some other stories since it was smashed this week in February.  New Zealand has a long and glorious tradition of having public records and property burning down inconveniently conveniently. Would I be quite out of line in suggesting that […]

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September 18, 2018

The West is Undergoing A Cultural Revolution

By VJM

The goal of destroying a population’s links with their past is – as it was in Maoist China – to make them more amenable to the imposition of a new ideology The stated goal of the Chinese Cultural Revolution was to purge all trace of capitalist and traditional elements from Chinese society, clearing the slate […]

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September 18, 2018

Jacinda Ardern is CEO of Govt Inc?

By Gekko

I wish we didn’t care about Jacinda’s travel plans Another article that tries to blithely wave away the PM incurring a not insubstantial cost in getting herself to Nauru for her photo op. In particular it takes the ludicrous position that the actions of the head of an organisation that exists as a monopoly agency […]

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September 17, 2018

Greymouth, Post WW1 Video

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Looks like McBride found this old unidentified clip, they have kindly shared it. No information comes with it so we have to estimate… c.1925 Summer’s morning, post WW1, a crowd draws around the band rotunda in Greymouth. Our cameraman captures a shot from beyond the fringe of the gathering masses. Parade lines form up and […]

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September 17, 2018