November 16, 2018 - The History of New Zealand through an anarchist lens. Please enjoy the ideas and let me know what you think.

1851: Rangiora’s First House

By AHNZ

1851, First house in Rangiora is built by Charles Torlesse who died 152 years ago yesterday, 14 November 1866. I like old Charlie just based on his record for exploring, pioneering, and surveying. Spends his New Years Day (1849) climbing up a mountain which is just the sort of thing I’d do except in his […]

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November 15, 2018

Re-Extinincted Swan

By AHNZ

Curator of vertebrates, Alan Tennyson, discusses new findings published today that New Zealand and the Chatham Islands had their own unique prehistoric swan. – Te Papa blog “Another extinct bird: New Zealand’s prehistoric swan” Seems like old news to me because I was already aware of extinct native swan, eagle, crow, and dogs. Check out any old […]

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November 14, 2018

1907: Taxes Spent on State Weather Control Scheme

By AHNZ

New Zealand Government Experiments in Weather Control In the 1906/07 drought the people of North Otago were getting pretty desperate for the rains to return. Scientists well understood that condensation depended upon cooling, not percussive blasts. Today we can daily witness jet planes overhead compressing the air with sharp wings but even this produces the faint […]

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November 13, 2018

1918: The Truth about the Influenza Epidemic

By AHNZ

Historian discusses what we can learn from our deadliest pandemic Stephen Clarke discusses no such thing as, once again, heading bares no relation to content in Mainstream Media. As a Volunturist, Libertarian, Free Market, Anarchist, historian I can tell you what he will not. Perhaps cannot. Why? Because I’m not willing to protect The State. […]

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November 12, 2018

We Sincerely Apologise For Our Negligence

By AHNZ

Bfm News Director repudiates Anarchist History of New Zealand Having called on me last week to contribute, Auckland’s radio Bfm radio have flip-flopped. During Anti-Government Week to have an actual Anarchist briefly aired makes perfect sense yet in these Politically Correct times it’s seldom contemplated. Sure enough, within days, they were repenting this interview. NB: […]

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November 11, 2018

1909: Blown to Atoms

By AHNZ

Exploding Auckland 108 Years Ago: 1:20pm, 10 November 1909… A huge explosion in Auckland Harbour from the gelignite storage ship in Herne Bay. To manage the risk of exactly this sort of thing, Auckland Harbour Board stored their explosive powder on an old hulk. A hulk is a sort of undead ship that has passed her […]

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November 10, 2018

1898: The Kumi, A Taniwha on the Loose!

By AHNZ

Taniwha September, 1898: Newspapers around New Zealand became excited by the claim that a “strange lizard” had startled a bushfeller out the back of Gisbourne. The fact this tale of a woodsman comes from an unnamed source sets off red flags for sceptics! As the story echoed around the wire it became embellished to “huge” […]

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November 10, 2018

1972: The West Auckland Booze Monopoly Cartel

By AHNZ

Sale of Alcohol is Monopolised by a Cartel In West Auckland there remains one of the last New Zealand Liquor Trusts. All sale of alcohol is monopolised by a cartel which owns hotels, bars, and outlet stores. They take their cut but need to justify it somehow so they put some of their ill-gotten gains […]

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November 9, 2018

1918: The Ratana Church

By AHNZ

Ardern pledges commitment to Ratana Understandable news about Labour 6.0 sidling up with Ratana. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the relationship between the Labour Party and Ratana is a living commitment rather than a moment in history. Quoting some of the prophesies of founder Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, she says the agreement in 1936 between Ratana […]

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November 7, 2018

The Critic

By AHNZ

We’ve had a visit from the editor of Otago University Students’ Association magazine, Joel Macmanus. His magazine, Critic (est 1925,) has broken camp for the year along with Joel’s editorship, ready for the new kids of 2019. Joel’s major and most public contribution as editor was a puerile cover story on menstruation back in May. This […]

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November 6, 2018

Captain Stokes: On Maori Language

By AHNZ

Today in history: Captain John Lort Stokes came again to New Zealand, arriving 7 November 1848. This time he was aboard the impressive HMS Acheron which along with sail had a lovely paddle-wheel making it a fitting craft to update the surveys of Captain Cook. Previous post: Admiral John Stokes Previous Post: Stokes Point Stokes had already published […]

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November 6, 2018

Anarchy in Aotearoa with Rick Giles:November 5th, 2018

By AHNZ

Here’s the downloadable interview from Bfm today. Includes a lead-in from the presenters trying to get a grip on what Anarchism means. A bit far from the mark but, still, how often do Anarchists get a shot at a fair hearing in main stream media? Can’t complain. Anarchy in Aotearoa with Rick Giles:November 5th, 2018 […]

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November 5, 2018


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