October 23, 2018

George Grey, Premier

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Sir George Grey as Premier: 13 Oct 1877–8 Oct 1879 Most focus is on Grey’s earlier period as Governor, let’s consider his busy couple of years when he humbled himself down to the rank of Premier/Prime Minister. In 1867 The Empire decided he was done as Governor so Grey returned to enter British politics but […]

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October 14, 2018

K’plah and ka pai

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

New Zealand culture appears in a surprising amount of science fiction. For example, I always have assumed that whoever created the Star Trek aliens based it on an Honour Culture drawing heavily and directly from Maori culture and language. eg. K’plah in Klingon and ‘ka pai’ in Maori mean the same thing — Image ref […]

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October 12, 2018

Bye bye Google+

By Gekko

So Google+ is officially shutting down. This is a shame, as it was certainly one of the better quality social platforms in terms of both audience and content even though (and perhaps because) it never attracted a mainstream audience. Google has a history of creating a product, getting people to use it and then unceremoniously […]

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October 11, 2018

Lyttleton Gaol

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

One of my awakening moments of Anarchist History was this realisation that early New Zealanders so swiftly adopted the recourse to incarcerating those deemed criminal or insane. The speed and ostentation with which this was done is staggering and the priority outranks other public buildings you’d think would come first. (Michelle Foucout for the win, […]

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October 11, 2018

Firemen, 1932

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Christchurch fire fighter drill, 1932. Illustrating the social and physical fact that men are better suited to this job! In 2018, and for a few years either side, our society entertains the social fiction that women are as capable of being a ‘fire person’ as this crew… “The photo showing fire fighters becoming proficient in […]

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October 10, 2018

Israel attacked NZ to get to Lorde?

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

A bit of populist SJW signalling is part of what celebrities do when their star is falling. This week it has been Taylor Swift desperately seeking a bump from some political signalling… Taylor Swift has spoken out politically for the first time, publicly endorsing two Democrats for the upcoming US mid-term elections. The 28-year-old says […]

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October 10, 2018

Bluff Courthouse

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Probably this is the building Joseph Ward opened in 1900 as the new Customs House and Court House combined. The Liberals, especially Ward, loved creating fancy buildings to their own honour (eg consider Dunedin’s Railway Station.) And this was his home town and his triumphant return to parliament. However, by 1938 there was an unsuccessful […]

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October 9, 2018

Report With Soundings

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Malborough celebrated her centenary in on 1 November 1959. On that day this historic documentary, Report With Soundings, was aired on all the NZBC radio stations nationally. Later, it was released on this LP which History Always Repeats noticed listed on Trade Me this week. Old NZBC staple, Basil Clarke, the creator, may have been on […]

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October 8, 2018

Lola Ridge

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Lola Ridge: A New Zealand Anarchist, but the wrong sort. These lines remind me of nothing so much as Pink Floyd’s lyrics about, and called, ‘Mother’… “When you tell mama You are going to do something great She looks at you As though you were a window She were trying to see through, And say […]

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October 7, 2018

Ripped off in Rotorua

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Rotorua Museum to consign closure to history by 2021 – Stuff; Benn Bathgate, Sep 27 2018 Jokes! In 2006-2011 Rotorua Museum sucked in $$ to extend the building (‘Centennial project’) over 5 years and then…oh-oh…we’re closing it all down because we just remembered earthquakes were a thing! The above article by Benn Bathgate highly resembles the […]

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October 6, 2018

Timaru’s Nazi Tree

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

The ‘Hitler Oak’, aka Lovelock Oak, stands at Timaru Boys’ High School. It was gifted as a sapling to, old boy of the school, running champion Jack Lovelock by Nazi Germany. After the 1936 National Socialist Olympic Games in Berlin, Jack came back (see previous post) for a visit bringing the oak. Surprisingly, the tree […]

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October 6, 2018

Oamaru Courthouse

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Reopening of courthouse ‘a great day’ The 1883 Thames St courthouse was closed in late 2011 after being classed as earthquake-prone…A close to $900,000 project to earthquake-strengthen and refurbish the courthouse and its surroundings started in February and was completed this week”- ODT It’s a good question from a commenter on Facebook… Why do the […]

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October 5, 2018