February 22, 2019 - The History of New Zealand through an anarchist lens. Please enjoy the ideas and let me know what you think.

Man arrested after spraying shoppers with wine in Timaru on New Year’s Eve

By AHNZ

New Years Day is used as an excuse to steal! Consider two cases… To my Anarchist History mindset these two stories are essentially the same. What happened in Timaru in 2017 with the wine is the same as will happen tonight, for example, in Sydney with those taxpayer funded fireworks over the Harbour Bridge. Takes […]

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December 31, 2018

2018: St James Hall burns

By AHNZ

Sorry to say I told you so but the politically convenient inflammability of Red Tape principle has struck Mt Eden’s St James Hall sure enough. Would I be quite out of line in suggesting that the serial mystery arsons burning down inconvenient historic and stalemated developments happen on purpose? I keep noticing them, as pointed out in […]

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December 31, 2018

1888: Christ out of Christmas

By AHNZ

From St Peter’s Anglican Church, Onehunga, Auckland. As traditional and Christian and vintage and sanctified as you like and yet… ‘Christmas’ is being referred to as ‘Xmas’. That surprised me, as when I was growing up it seemed old timer traditionalists were wringing their hands and lecturing about how we ought not take Christ out […]

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December 30, 2018

1975: What is a New Zealander?

By AHNZ

I kept this quote from 1975 where new newly elected Prime Minister answers the tricky question of what a New Zealander is. As we see, it’s not ethnic or racial but civic. I’m not sure that he wasn’t a hopelessly naive product of his times for thinking this… Macdonald: Mr Muldoon, if you could visualize […]

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December 29, 2018

1936: Days of Physical Culture

By AHNZ

November/December, 1936: Jack Lovelock (died today, 1949) tours New Zealand on the back of his success at the Berlin Olympics (August ’36.) He has made a great celebrity of himself for his achievement during a time when The West was in the midst of one of our periodic romances with Physical Culture. Physical Culture “In Action […]

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December 28, 2018

1964: Nuclear Mother

By AHNZ

1964, Cover of Woman’s Weekly. Why aren’t women more efficient in the home? “Whose side were they on anyway?” asks Darian Zam. How to explain this encouragement of household domestic excellence toward only one gender and not the other? Division of Labour It’s the Division of Labour. Dad’s single income supports 7 children or so and […]

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December 27, 2018

1963: A Kiwi Spring Clothes Peg Dynasty

By AHNZ

Sunshine’s are the only spring clothes pegs still made in New Zealand. They say so themselves. Since 1963, or earlier, and still going. Here in New Zealand the clothesline is still in very common use with no stigma attached. I’ve found other parts of the world (eg Canada) where such practises are considered to be a […]

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December 26, 2018

New Zealand’s Mail

By AHNZ

Government constantly gives itself credit for things it was barely involved with or actively impeded. Statist history will assert that the New Zealand postal system began in March 1840 when, as an after thought, the Hobson Gang tasked one of its clerical underlings with the job. On the contrary, a private system of letter exchange […]

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December 25, 2018

1980: The Independent State of Aramoana

By AHNZ

23 December, 1980: Independent State of Aramoana formed. Short version:  Local village refuses to be legislated out of existence by a Think Big smelter. Wins. The end. Longer version: This little settlement at north head of Otago Harbour has long been attractive to visitors thanks to its nice beach. It was the reign of Muldoon’s National 3.0, […]

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December 24, 2018

1953: Queen of New Zealand in New Zealand

By AHNZ

Today in history, 23 December, 1953: 113 years after becoming a British colony New Zealand’s Head of State paid their first ever visit. This, of course, was in the person of Queen Elizabeth II aboard the SS Gothic. This wonderful picture of the gun salute that day from Fort Cautley was provided by Bombardier Willis (who was on duty […]

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December 23, 2018

1885: St James Mt Eden, Part II; Conjuring a Demolition

By AHNZ

Some news clippings from the now endangered St James Presbyterian Church buildings in Mt Eden. Reading Phil Pennington’s Radio New Zealand news spin from earlier in the year…  “The lives of residents..are at risk in the event of a partial or total collapse” – Presbyterian Church Property Trustee You can literally say this about all […]

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December 22, 2018

1885: St James hall, Mt Eden

By AHNZ

Poor old St James hall (1885) in Mt Eden, Auckland, is now set for demolition again. Blocked by the Environment Court, the smashing is on again due to an Appeal.  The church (1900) and the hall are both wonderful to behold. This Classical and Gothic appreciation was inspiring and new back in its day. Through […]

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December 22, 2018


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