April 19, 2019

1974: The Ohu Scheme

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

New Zealand is no stranger to communes. I discern, as with most things, a generational cycle of 20 years. In 1974 Labour 3.0 announced The Ohu Scheme, opening up isolated Crown land to communes. As with the 1990s (eg Centrepoint,) the 1970s people (eg. Mahana est.1978) faded away as they discovered replacing modern culture wasn’t […]

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April 19, 2019

Liberals: A Buck Each Way

By NZB3

I think both women are trying to play both sides. Open to being accepted by the out-group of their society by dressing like them and sending signals allowing them to be included. But not so much signals that your in-group will not eject you. Stay within the permissible boundary of what your in-group lets you […]

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April 19, 2019

1932: Queen Street Riot

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

The Slump (aka The Great Depression) reached its most visible and worst point in Auckland on April 14, 1932.  Tensions were high as the unemployed marched along Queen Street that day. Fun and games like Cheer Up Week were in the rear-view. Union Leader Jim Edwards organised street demonstrations but this one was getting out of […]

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April 18, 2019

Hurunui Victimhood Councillor

By NZB3

The first thing mother of three Julia McLean did upon being elected to the Hurunui District Council was complain it didn’t pay enough. Not having done her homework, she was caught by surprise only after running for office, being elected, being sworn in. If her own domestic challenges (3 childrens’ needs!!) have been so poorly thought out […]

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April 18, 2019

1931: Cheer-up Week

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

17 April 1931, Auckland’s ‘Cheer-up Week’ turned up the manufactured optimism full bore. The world-wide economic depression, ‘The Great Depression’, was running its course in New Zealand. Worse was to come in terms of conditions: Horrible relief camps and street riots in Dunedin, Wellington, and Auckland the following year. Government measures would exacerbate the pain […]

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April 17, 2019

Pride Festival Cancelled

By NZB3

It’s a simple idea. Protected people in society seek to be assured that their protectors are doing their job; They are strong and they are ready to exert deadly force in the line of duty. Are our official strong-men, The Police, and our un-official strong-men like gangs and armed martial males tough enough to keep […]

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April 15, 2019

1904: Education Compilation Act

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

In Lord of the Rings the big bad guy, Sauron, created the One Ring of Power to rule them all. The idea of technological institutions can, like magic rings, replace human leaderships and charisma is a fatal conceit. We know we can get someone else to carry our physical burdens and even have labour-saving devices […]

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April 15, 2019

1700s: Slave New Zealand

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

I’ve been thinking about this True Political Spectrum graph. It’s pretty good. However, I’d reserve 100% for another segment of the wedge to the left of total power: Tribalism. All powerful, all controlling. To live among bickering battering barbarians and then to have Alexander the Great come along and Empire-up your town would be a […]

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April 13, 2019

Could Labour Win An Absolute Majority in 2020?

By VJM

A new Reid Research poll has put the Labour Party on 49.6% support, with the National Party languishing well back on 41.3%. Although this no doubt reflects a polling boost from the Christchurch mosque attacks, it raises an interesting question: could Labour govern alone after 2020? Dan McGlashan, author of Understanding New Zealand, examines. No […]

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April 12, 2019

Selectionism: The Prejudice That The World May Not Be Ready For

By VJM

People are always chimping out over all society’s prejudices: sexism, racism, homophobia etc. are all variously blamed for the world being an unpleasant place to live in. While all of these prejudices have certainly contributed to the miseries of the past and present, there’s one prejudice that few are aware of, and even fewer have […]

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April 12, 2019

1978: Punk

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Punk Rock became of New Zealand in 1978, the year The Enemy became Toy Love°. Lagging behind in the history cycle as always, Punk Rock was already up and running in the USA and then the UK really took to it. Ramones, Joy Division, The Smiths, The Stranglers, The Clash. Sid Vicious of Sex Pistols sang […]

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April 12, 2019

1863: Mass Deaths in Otago

By Anarchist History of New Zealand

Central Otago Diggers had a damn hard winter in 1863. Scores of men died on the goldfields from the cold and snow but it was only the beginning of the death toll to follow. At Gorge Creek a camp of diggers was cut off by snow (perhaps 6m deep) from their supplies at Roxburgh and […]

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April 11, 2019