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

2009: Cadbury Switched to Palm Oil

By AHNZ

Since 1930, one of New Zealand’s great brands and tying us back to ‘Home’ in England where Cadbury chocolate was established in 1824. Brands and logos we once had like Cadbury’s were like the standards and crests of our great families going back to Feudal times. These days, more and more, the feudal insignia stamped […]

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November 29, 2018

1979: New Zealand State Kills 257 at Erebus

By AHNZ

Today in History Back in the 1970s New Zealand’s culture was in a more muscular arc. We were healthy, physical, politically incorrect. We had challenging children’s playgrounds and adventurous recreation. We still had exotic animals and exhibitions and we had scenic flights to the frozen continent: Antarctica. History repeats and these adventurous days will come […]

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November 28, 2018

1955: Who Will Build the Roads?

By AHNZ

But without Government who will build the roads? 1955, citizens on the North Shore are told their infrastructure is not a council priority so they set to work themselves! when residents of Williamson Ave in Belmont, told by the Takapuna Borough Council that their street wasn’t high up in priority for footpath work, took it […]

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November 27, 2018

1983: Savage Islands

By AHNZ

I’ve recently discovered this NZ made film, where Tommy Lee Jones shoots Prince Tui Teka stone dead. Savage Islands (1983) was an attempted rip-off of Indiana Jones but in the form of some kinda buddy movie. Fail Wikipedia is right, swashbuckling films are basically doomed with the surprise exception of Pirates of the Caribbean and […]

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November 26, 2018

1941: The General Election That Never Was

By AHNZ

The Former Prime Minister Hon Walter Nash’s Oak Manrobe has appeared on Trade Me. Thanks to History Always Repeats for noticing. Possibly part of the Labour 1.0 Prime Ministerial penthouse on parliament’s rooftop? Seldom mentioned, it seems to have been a sort of palatial pad for a ‘shaken not stirred’ political elites. Nash, at the […]

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November 25, 2018

Brian Talboys

By AHNZ

Brian Talboys, 1921 to 2012. He just popped up in the National Party 1975 election campaign advert I mentioned in my last post. This was during his political heyday.   Earlier Version of Bill English The simplest description to today’s reader is that Brian Talboys was the Bill English of his day. Brian and Bill […]

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November 24, 2018

1975: General Election; ‘The Cities’

By AHNZ

Oh what a wonderful clip of the 1975 election campaign! It has been shared by Newshub but released on Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision archives. The commenters around the traps seem to think the observations in this campaign advert are quite prescient. They were not. In this era New Zealand was already living through the […]

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November 23, 2018

1992: Benito and Adolf in a New Zealand film!

By AHNZ

Scene from Lovelock (1992) which is an excellent short film. Actual clip from 1936 shows it’s close enough to to satisfy anyone.. Watch the film here.. More on Jack Lovelock here, which I will soon repost to the website.

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November 22, 2018

2007: Derailing Fred

By AHNZ

Long Bay on Auckland’s North Shore has long been a popular park and beach for young families. It had a train, ‘Fred’, for 30 years until Auckland Regional Council shut it down in 2007. “I hate the PC scum that go around wreaking all the fantastic things that make NZ so good. I remember this […]

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November 21, 2018

2018: Derailing Little Toot

By AHNZ

Driving down Whangaparoa road along Auckland’s peninsula of the same name I’ve often noticed a little railway sign. Now it’s too late to investigate further as yet another private model railway has been forced to close by The State: Little Toot. “…the company cannot afford to do the work suggested, which included a walking platform […]

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November 21, 2018

The Appeasement Express

By AHNZ

Our unique West Auckland heritage railways were killed off in 2014 for political reasons. Initially the propaganda excuse was the old ‘health and safety reasons’ line, which did not stack up. More recently, of course, there has been the switch-up to the new propaganda of ‘kauri dieback’ disease. This had led to even greater closures […]

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November 21, 2018

1960s: “Sexist Advertisements”

By AHNZ

These 1960s advertising attitudes are sexist, claim Newshub in their video… “A promotion for New Zealand products from 1968 shows us a mannequin that is said to be more convenient than a real life woman.” “Women of course don’t take fishing seriously, but they seem to enjoy it just the same. More feminine than angling […]

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November 20, 2018


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