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

The Storming of Gate Pa

By AHNZ

The Storming of Gate Pa, April 1864 Very enjoyable presentation from daffy English historian, Nikolas Lloyd. It’s refreshing to hear New Zealand history without any politically correct baggage, though he does stop short of calling the natives ‘savages’. But he does call them Maoris, a term that was cut from our local narrative recently after […]

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September 30, 2018

Freedom Toons

By AHNZ

“Hello class. Today I will be teaching you about history.” I found a hilarious new Youtube channel and Facebook page. Why is this curriculum filled with you giving yourself credit for things you were barely involved with or which you actively impeded? I think you’ll find it not unrelated to New Zealand history and society […]

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September 29, 2018

Hugh Hefner

By AHNZ

Today in history: Death of Hugh Hefner (27 Sep 2017) Founded Playboy magazine in 1953. New Zealand probably always will be a cultural colony of Britain and the USA, dependent on these countries for ideas and entertainment, and for political thought. So, Hefner and the sexual revolution abroad reverberated over here. The magazine probably found its […]

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September 28, 2018

The Best Symbols and Costumes for Stealing

By AHNZ

“Lynda Hallinan: Invest in a high-vis vest and a clipboard to get away with stealing”- Stuff (2017) Hallinan is absolutely right about this in our era. Why? New Zealanders have been socialised to over-respect institutions over their own judgement. Our healthy childhood scepticism and personal boundaries have been violated and broken, paving the way for […]

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September 28, 2018

The Magpies

By AHNZ

This Dennis Glover poem, ‘The Magpies‘ (c. late 1930s, I suppose) is often quoted for the clever onomatopoeia: Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle, quoth the magpie. I do not find it charming but rather malevolent, as were Glover’s drunken moods. It reminds me of the Tom Petty song ‘Into the Great Wide Open’ music video […]

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September 28, 2018

The Grounding of the Tuhoe

By AHNZ

September 27, 2015: The Grounding of the Tuhoe. This was the historic ship that served Kaiapoi- 26 April 1962 – 28 September 2015. There is a new local film in development and the makers sound like they have a healthy anarchist mistrust for the orthodoxy… “When they said it was a wave … we knew, […]

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September 27, 2018

Kiwi Kids are Weetbix Kids

By AHNZ

“Yō asambhava cha” really is Nepali for “It’s impossible”. I looked it up! Great art, great nationalist propaganda, too un-PC to show today. Very enjoyable marketing mythology using patriotism to sell us breakfast cereal in the early 1990s. “Kiwi Kids are Weetbix Kids”. Part of my early Red Pill Anarchism stirred years ago, though, when […]

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September 26, 2018

MV Tuhoe

By AHNZ

This week in history,  the grounding of Tuhoe. MV Tuhoe was a 100yo ship, the last of its kind on the Kaiapoi River. Very alarmingly the tourist vessel was accidentally destroyed on 27 September 2015. Gone, the last reminder that for most of its history Kaiapoi has been a busy river port. From the 1850s […]

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September 25, 2018

Kaiapoi Warf

By AHNZ

The wharf at Kaiapoi in April 2004 during a 40-year intermediary period. From the 1850s-1970s Kaiapoi really was a busy river town. The economy tanked, leading to about 40 years of bureaucratic identity crisis for this once prime area. During this intermediary period enthusiasts kept the last of the old riverboats, Tuhoe, going as a […]

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September 25, 2018

Rob’s Birthday

By AHNZ

25 September, 1921: Prime Minister Robert Muldoon’s birthday. He would have been 97yo if alive today. Feisty, Protectionist Populism? New Zealand Tried That “What would you think of a Western democratic leader who was populist, obsessed with the balance of trade, especially effective on television, feisty and combative with the press, and able to take over […]

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September 24, 2018

Rexona

By AHNZ

Stumbled on Rexona in December 1908 as ointment for cow teats! That surprised me because its modern branding is so..modern! Yet it has been around, in some form, for just about 110 years now. Created in Australia in 1908 by “Mrs Alice Sheffer,…she wanted to give people new kinds of personal care products, with effective […]

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September 24, 2018

Teachers’ Teachers Demand More State Control

By AHNZ

Dr Richard Manning and Garrick Cooper of the University of Canterbury want a national curriculum change. Specifically they want the Maori Wars (New PC name: ‘The New Zealand Wars’) as a compulsory subject. Now, being high-minded teachers of tomorrow’s teachers, what intellectual arguments do they use? What good reasons to they offer for why this is so […]

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September 23, 2018


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