March 22, 2019

Man arrested after spraying shoppers with wine in Timaru on New Year’s Eve

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

New Years Day is used as an excuse to steal! Consider two cases… To my Anarchist History mindset these two stories are essentially the same. What happened in Timaru in 2017 with the wine is the same as will happen tonight, for example, in Sydney with those taxpayer funded fireworks over the Harbour Bridge. Takes […]

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December 31, 2018

Reverse McCarthyism

By VJM

A terrible and pathetic social phenomenon occurred in the United States of the 1950s. In the shadow of the Cold War, a large number of people lost their jobs and faced social persecution after being accused of Communist ties or sympathies, a phenomenon known as McCarthyism. Our society today is wracked with a similar, but […]

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December 30, 2018

1975: What is a New Zealander?

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

I kept this quote from 1975 where new newly elected Prime Minister answers the tricky question of what a New Zealander is. As we see, it’s not ethnic or racial but civic. I’m not sure that he wasn’t a hopelessly naive product of his times for thinking this… Macdonald: Mr Muldoon, if you could visualize […]

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December 29, 2018

Thoughts of a Luciferian Occultist Upon the Tenth Anniversary of His Apotheosis

By VJM

On Boxing Day, 2008, I took a heavy dose of psilocybin mushrooms for the first time. It wasn’t a reckless decision. I had been a heavy cannabis user for some years already, and as a schizophrenic I was well accustomed to strange and sometimes terrifying thought patterns. It was about six o’clock in the evening. […]

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December 29, 2018

1936: Days of Physical Culture

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.) He has made a great celebrity of himself for his achievement during a time when The West was in the midst of one of our periodic romances with Physical Culture. Physical Culture “In Action at Wellington… […]

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December 28, 2018

1964: Nuclear Mother

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

1964, Cover of Woman’s Weekly. Why aren’t women more efficient in the home? “Whose side were they on anyway?” asks Darian Zam. How to explain this encouragement of household domestic excellence toward only one gender and not the other? Division of Labour It’s the Division of Labour. Dad’s single income supports 7 children or so and […]

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December 27, 2018

New Zealand’s Mail

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Government constantly gives itself credit for things it was barely involved with or actively impeded. Statist history will assert that the New Zealand postal system began in March 1840 when, as an after thought, the Hobson Gang tasked one of its clerical underlings with the job. On the contrary, a private system of letter exchange […]

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December 25, 2018

1980: The Independent State of Aramoana

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

23 December, 1980: Independent State of Aramoana formed. Short version:  Local village refuses to be legislated out of existence by a Think Big smelter. Wins. The end. Longer version: This little settlement at north head of Otago Harbour has long been attractive to visitors thanks to its nice beach. It was the reign of Muldoon’s National 3.0, […]

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December 24, 2018

1885: St James Mt Eden, Part II; Conjuring a Demolition

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Some news clippings from the now endangered St James Presbyterian Church buildings in Mt Eden. Reading Phil Pennington’s Radio New Zealand news spin from earlier in the year…  “The lives of residents..are at risk in the event of a partial or total collapse” – Presbyterian Church Property Trustee You can literally say this about all […]

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December 22, 2018

1885: St James hall, Mt Eden

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Poor old St James hall (1885) in Mt Eden, Auckland, is now set for demolition again. Blocked by the Environment Court, the smashing is on again due to an Appeal.  The church (1900) and the hall are both wonderful to behold. This Classical and Gothic appreciation was inspiring and new back in its day. Through […]

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December 22, 2018

1818: 200 Years Ago: The first performance of Silent Night

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

What can you say about that? Some incredible staying power to spread about the Western World and endure so long. Most certainly a standard for New Zealanders “About 20 km north of Salzburg in the village of Oberndorf, the Silent Night Chapel (German: Stille Nacht Kapelle) marks the place where the beloved Christmas carol “Silent […]

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December 21, 2018

1977: Jean Batten Came Home

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Kiwi aviatrix Jean Batten climbed the hypergamy ladder to super celebrity in the mid to late 1930s. She never cashed in, dying poor and forgotten from an infected dog bite. At the age of 18 Batten abandoned her former life after the famous Charles Kingsford Smith took her up in his plane. The attention, the […]

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December 20, 2018