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

John Taylor Gatto

By AHNZ

Since the Education Act (1877) was passed in New Zealand things have really been going down hill. Quote from John Taylor Gatto who died last week (25 October 2018) See also my summary of his most famous book, Dumbing Us Down (1992)  

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October 31, 2018

1886: The Settlers Guide to New Zealand

By AHNZ

The Settlers Guide to New Zealand from about 1886 Wouldn’t it be great to have a read? As an anarchist I’m all for migration that is market driven so people can respond to real price incentives to guide their decisions. This guide was part of a state programme helping to fuel disaster for New Zealanders […]

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October 30, 2018

Lord Kitchener, 1910

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 got […]

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October 29, 2018

1945: Government Sing-off Battle

By AHNZ

Epic Sing-off Battle in the Parliament House – Late October 1945 Certain defeat, only a few short weeks away, faced the First Labour Government. Sydney Holland was ready to win the coming election and arise as the first National Party Prime Minister. Abolishing the ‘Country Quota’ Something drastic and dastardly had to be done to […]

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October 28, 2018

The Spice of Danger and wild, rough, romance

By AHNZ

Many New Zealand towns started out as whaling stations. Riverton, which I visited and absorbed last week, was such a town. The clever thing they did was to transition to farming the land so that when the 20-odd years of whale fishery expired they would be able to go on. State (Nz) bureaucrat to the […]

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October 27, 2018

Meghan & Harry

By AHNZ

The New Zealand Royal Family is coming to town next week. Two of them anyway. I wrote the following a year ago and it’s subject to a little update. According to the news I try not to watch, Prince Harry has taken an American fiancée. I wonder how much Meghan Markle Inc. paid for this […]

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October 26, 2018

No shortage of Coquettish Wenches

By AHNZ

Reverend Johann Wohlers was a German Missionary, a Lutheran, in the early days of what would become Southland. He was not the first. Many Missionaries of various denominations competed to market their particular brand of Christianity to the New Zealanders. In my opinion it was the Wesleyans/Methodists who seem to have cornered the New Zealand market […]

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October 25, 2018

1870: Lyttleton Burning

By AHNZ

Today in history: Poor old Lyttleton ablaze; 24th October 1870! Two thirds of Lyttelton destroyed. What hard times these were! Perhaps worst of all, Fox and Vogal are in power The Gold Rush is done, Agricultural prices low, immigration down, and Canterbury top-soil is being lost out to sea by violent winds on the now […]

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October 24, 2018

Red Deer

By AHNZ

Interested to learn in my reading that Felix Wakefield joined his more famous brother in colonising New Zealand in 1854, bringing two red deer with him. Marx described E.G.Wakefield as the most notable political economist of the 1830s. The Wakefield brothers were powerful leaders, thinkers, and organisers of colonising New Zealand. Their coming prompted The […]

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October 23, 2018

1972: Died Today: James K. Baxter

By AHNZ

Today in history: 22 October 1972, death of James K. Baxter. The great New Zealand poet. “One of the functions of artists in a community is to provide a healthy and permanent element of rebellion; not to become a species of civil servant. – J.K.Baxter” He might have been a fine Anarchist and certainly did […]

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October 22, 2018

The Unhistoric Story, verse 5

By AHNZ

“The pilgrim dream pricked by a cold dawn died Among the chemical farmers, the fresh towns; among Miners, not husbandmen, who piercing the side Let the land’s life, found like all who had so long Bloodily or tenderly striven To rearrange the given. It was something different, something Nobody counted on. “ — Goldminer, or […]

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October 18, 2018

The Unhistoric Story, verse 4

By AHNZ

“Green slashed with flags, pipeclay and boots in the bush, Christ in canoes and the musketed Maori boast; All a rubble-rattle at Time’s glacial push: Vogel and Seddon howling empire from an empty coast A vast ocean laughter Echoed unheard, and after All it was different, something Nobody counted on.”   — Gun image from […]

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October 17, 2018


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