January 19, 2019 - The History of New Zealand through an anarchist lens. Please enjoy the ideas and let me know what you think.

1876: Maoris Demand Extermination of Te Reo

By AHNZ

Te Reo, the Maori language, was indeed quashed at one time in our history. I hope you haven’t had enough of me holding the State responsible for life’s ills yet because the history of this will have our usual theme.. “In recent years the fact that Maori children were punished for speaking Maori in the […]

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January 18, 2019

What is up with Māori these days they wanna whine about everything

By AHNZ

The face that launched a thousand Slave Culture plaudits. This is Tina Ngata, aka NonPlasticMaori, from the Twitter division of ‘Dept of Internal(ised Racism) Affairs’. She’s heavily invested in two temporary Social Justice Warrior cultural waves of the moment: Banning plastic packaging and winging about everything being racist. Specifically, as you can see on her Facebook, […]

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January 18, 2019

1973: Early Seventies ‘Oil Shock’ Hemlines

By AHNZ

The length of clothing covering a modern Western woman’s legs acts as an economic barometer. As hemlines rise and fall, so does the perceived economic condition of the country according to women. For example, short skirts appear at times of high national production and long skirts during periods of austerity and recession. Ref. Desmond Morris. […]

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January 17, 2019

1907: Smartphone Zombies Predicted

By AHNZ

Punch, in 1907, correctly anticipates the social impact of access to mobile phones. This is exactly what so many of us do- we meet up in person with friends then spend our time communicating instead with persons not present. The author is perhaps also presciently observing the impact on men and women meeting each other, […]

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January 16, 2019

1840: Who Was Our First Governor? The Answer May Startle You…

By AHNZ

Today in history: Sovereignty over New Zealand passes to New South Wales. For the first time in history, these islands were united under a single ruler; Our Governor was Major Sir George Gipps as of 14 January, 1840. New Zealand Annexed by New South Wales A proclamation by Gipps extended the boundaries of New South Wales […]

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January 15, 2019

1915: Rudyard Kipling vs New Zealand Government

By AHNZ

Today in history: 14 January, Macmillan and Co. (publishers,) representing British literary giant Rudyard Kipling put the hard word on the New Zealand Government for ripping the author off! Kipling was The great exponent of British Empire Dignity Culture. He literally wrote the book (poem) on the White Man’s burden. His Jungle Book formed a template used […]

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January 14, 2019

1957: Happy Families

By AHNZ

Baby Boomer kids at play: Happy Families. My premise is that a child’s play is preparation for life. These card sets, c.1957, show that the life New Zealand children (girls in particular) wanted to prepare for was the assembly of a nuclear family. Father, mother, master, and miss. Wholesome Patriarchy It is also an ethnically […]

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January 13, 2019

1865: Chch Public Smash and Burn Toll Road

By AHNZ

Today in history, 12 January, 1865, The Avon Roads Board has had erected a toll-gate on Papanui Rd/Carlton Mill Corner. A Roads Board, if you hadn’t heard, was essentially The State slapping a title on communities coming together to form and maintain their own roads. Until 1863 the Canterbury Provincial Council (CPC) had tried to monopolise […]

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January 12, 2019

1851: Loburn

By AHNZ

The first resident in Ashley Country, North Canterbury, was John Macfarlane in September 1851. With his wife and infant son, he leased Run 1a from the Canterbury Association and their sod cottage was Ashley’s first house. Whalers had been about but hugged the shores of course. There is no record of Maori habitation although they do admire […]

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January 11, 2019

1896: Reeves Resigns

By AHNZ

Today in history, 10 January, 1896: Christchurch Liberal Party MP William Pember Reeves handed in his resignation. Reeves (1857-1932) was the Socialist Professor Frink (ref. The Simpsons) of his day. That is, a geeky cartoon champagne socialist. In his case the eccentric technology that doesn’t work right was his economics and social planning. The party through which […]

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January 10, 2019

Ancient Kiwi Quicksliver

By AHNZ

While reading the French translation of, Géographie d’Edrisi, al-Idrisi’s Universal Geography of the World (1154 AD) I think I made a mistake thinking of coal. I wrote in the previous post that the early Westerners/Middle-Easterners seemed to have found coal dust on New Zealand’s West Coast. Here is the passage from Jaubert’s translation… “II y dans cette […]

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January 9, 2019

Located! NZ found on 865 Year Old Itallian Map

By AHNZ

Some early New Zealand historians (eg Eccles, Mackay) were willing to suggest Western discovery prior to Able Tasman. If so, the credit would go to Al-Idrisi (1154AD) for adding this to his famous manuscript and map ‘Tabula Rogeriana’. His King (of Italy) was actually Norman, having pulled off a similar caper in Italy as William […]

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January 9, 2019


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