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

The Unhistoric Story, verse 3

By AHNZ

“The roving tentacles rested, touched, clutched Substantial earth, that is, accustomed haven For the hungry whaler. Some inland, some hutched Rudely in bays, the shaggy foreshore shaven, Lusted, preached as they knew But as the children grew It was something different, something Nobody counted on.” – The Unhistoric Story’, verse 3. Brilliant poem by Allen […]

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October 16, 2018

The Unhistoric Story, verse 2

By AHNZ

“Spider, clever and fragile, Cook showed how To spring a trap for islands, turning from planets His measuring mission, showed what the musket could do, Made his Christmas goose of the wild gannets; Still as the collier steered No continent appeared; It was something different, something Nobody counted on.”   – The Unhistoric Story’, verse 2. […]

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October 15, 2018

George Grey, Premier

By AHNZ

Sir George Grey as Premier: 13 Oct 1877–8 Oct 1879 Most focus is on Grey’s earlier period as Governor, let’s consider his busy couple of years when he humbled himself down to the rank of Premier/Prime Minister. In 1867 The Empire decided he was done as Governor so Grey returned to enter British politics but […]

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October 14, 2018

The Unhistoric Story, verse 1

By AHNZ

“Whaling for continents suspected deep in the south The Dutchmen envied the unknown, drew bold Images of market-place, populous river-mouth, The Land of Beach ignorant of the value of gold. Morning in Murderers’ Bay, Blood drifted away. It was something different, something Nobody counted on.”   – The Unhistoric Story’, verse 1. Brilliant poem by […]

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October 13, 2018

The Luminaries

By AHNZ

New Zealand’s next historical drama will be based on The West Coast. Based on the show-runner’s (Andrew Woodhead’s) reputation, it’s going to be heavy on the murder and violent crime within Eleanor Catton’s novel. Based on Eva Green’s reputation it’s going to be eccentrically, beautifully, dysfunctional.   I don’t think I’m going to like it […]

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October 12, 2018

K’plah and ka pai

By AHNZ

New Zealand culture appears in a surprising amount of science fiction. For example, I always have assumed that whoever created the Star Trek aliens based it on an Honour Culture drawing heavily and directly from Maori culture and language. eg. K’plah in Klingon and ‘ka pai’ in Maori mean the same thing — Image ref […]

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October 12, 2018

The Stolen: A Brief Review

By AHNZ

Oh, that was bad, that was hard to watch: The Stolen (2017). Welcome to a West Coast variously and simultaneously dated as 1860s, 1869, 1870s, and 1882. And, it’s the West Coast gold rush era. And, Suffragettes are picketing in the provincial streets. Go figure that out. Meanwhile, the evil alpha male of a mining […]

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October 11, 2018

Lyttleton Gaol

By AHNZ

One of my awakening moments of Anarchist History was this realisation that early New Zealanders so swiftly adopted the recourse to incarcerating those deemed criminal or insane. The speed and ostentation with which this was done is staggering and the priority outranks other public buildings you’d think would come first. (Michelle Foucout for the win, […]

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October 11, 2018

Israel attacked NZ to get to Lorde?

By AHNZ

A bit of populist SJW signalling is part of what celebrities do when their star is falling. This week it has been Taylor Swift desperately seeking a bump from some political signalling… Taylor Swift has spoken out politically for the first time, publicly endorsing two Democrats for the upcoming US mid-term elections. The 28-year-old says […]

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October 10, 2018

Firemen, 1932

By AHNZ

Christchurch fire fighter drill, 1932. Illustrating the social and physical fact that men are better suited to this job! In 2018, and for a few years either side, our society entertains the social fiction that women are as capable of being a ‘fire person’ as this crew… “The photo showing fire fighters becoming proficient in […]

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October 10, 2018

Bluff Courthouse

By AHNZ

Probably this is the building Joseph Ward opened in 1900 as the new Customs House and Court House combined. The Liberals, especially Ward, loved creating fancy buildings to their own honour (eg consider Dunedin’s Railway Station.) And this was his home town and his triumphant return to parliament. However, by 1938 there was an unsuccessful […]

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October 9, 2018

Report With Soundings

By AHNZ

Malborough celebrated her centenary in on 1 November 1959. On that day this historic documentary, Report With Soundings, was aired on all the NZBC radio stations nationally. Later, it was released on this LP which History Always Repeats noticed listed on Trade Me this week. Old NZBC staple, Basil Clarke, the creator, may have been on […]

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October 8, 2018


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