December 20, 2018 - The History of New Zealand through an anarchist lens. Please enjoy the ideas and let me know what you think.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

By AHNZ

Read this book in my teens as a big Barry Crump fan but gave up waiting for the film I knew Waititi signed on to create. Boy came instead, and directing the next Thor sequel surely meant Wild Pork and Watercress would never be made. But here it is, under a more cinematic title drawing on […]

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August 31, 2018

In Endless Fear

By AHNZ

Must have been in about 1946 that rural West Auckland boys Barry Crump (11) and brother Colin (10) escaped to Avondale by hitching along the metal roads instead of going to school (Taupaki primary, I assume.) From here, a tramcar all the way to Queen Street, central Auckland, the same morning. The kids lived in a […]

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August 31, 2018

New Zealand Herald and Auckland Gazette

By AHNZ

“Yet size is still the key to Auckland. It confers pretensions: the morning paper modestly takes the name of the whole country, wealth seems easier to come by and is certainly more flamboyant. This is a city of self-made men who worship their creator. Its Joneses are more difficult to keep up with. One can […]

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August 30, 2018

Kiwis have no idea when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed

By AHNZ

1944? Kiwis have no idea when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed- NZ Herald, 2017 It’s a bit like saying Jesus didn’t celebrate Christmas. But how could he? It was a retro-spective invention after his time. So was this. Waitangi Day isn’t an authentic, grass roots, event going back to 1840. It was an invention […]

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August 30, 2018

History: The New Zealand Nuclear Family

By AHNZ

History: The New Zealand nuclear family itself!? Mother and father form a pair bond to pool their resources to raise children, thus meeting their biological attachment needs. It’s on the way out according to NZ Herald Senior Writer Geraldine Jones today and single mother households are in. Geraldine should know if she’s done it twice! […]

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August 29, 2018

That time Goff met Arafat

By AHNZ

May 2003, Labour 5.0 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Phil Goff, in that capacity, got New Zealand involved in the Israel-Palestine crisis. Not in any serious way, mind you, it was more of a virtue-signalling exhibition to his fans back home and probably the realisation of a student fan boy’s ambition to hang out with members […]

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August 28, 2018

Admiral John Stokes

By AHNZ

Captain Stokes (later promoted) did a great deal for New Zealand in the service of the/our Royal Navy. His Star Trek-like four year mission: To chart our coasts, settle disputes with Maoris and settlers, and to boldly record New Zealand’s natural resources. Between 1848–1851 the crew of the HMS Acheron must have been a great help to […]

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August 27, 2018

Dunedin Railway Station

By AHNZ

This 1906 railway station was an electoral bribe by central government and completely over the top. It has always far exceeded the local population’s needs and always will. “Every time I drive past this building I have this thought; how highly did the architect rate Dunedin to want to build something so grand here. “It’s […]

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August 27, 2018

Stokes Point

By AHNZ

The Stokes’ Point District is no more and even the locality re-named to ‘Northcote’ in the 1880s. Once the hub of a busy ferry terminal and the gateway to the North Shore and the rest of New Zealand beyond, Stokes Point isn’t much more now than a place to drop the northern end of the […]

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August 26, 2018

South City Substation; 1971-72

By AHNZ

Interesting bit of technology on the Dunedin rooftops. This inner-city electricity distribution substation on Crawford Street has distinctive roof cones. I’ve never had any of these new-fangled noise-cancelling headphones but they must work on the same principle as these brick cones. By positioning complimentary oscillators (humming transformers) with their noise directed at one another their longitudinal sound […]

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August 25, 2018

Election Campaigns Disguised as Lord Kitchener’s Military Inspection

By AHNZ

FEBRUARY 18, 1910. Lord Kitchener on tour in New Zealand. Seen here meeting Kiwi veterans of his African war. Old (60), white, a man, and a super celebrity. In his day it was possible to be all of these simultaneously. His star would fall in 1914, along with Churchill’s, for their Gallipoli Invasion which ANZACS […]

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August 24, 2018

Auckland’s ‘First Lady’

By AHNZ

Sarah Mathew:  Explorer, Journalist and Auckland’s ‘First Lady’, Tessa Duder (2015) As best I can make from the radio piece, Sarah Mathew is not remarkable at all. So she could carry a survey chain, walk off-road, and vocation as a governess, and travel by sail boat? Even for a women that’s nothing to wonder at, especially […]

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August 24, 2018


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