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

The Working Class: Spitting Fascism into the Eye of Death

By AHNZ

This isn’t a post about the birth or the life of the Zealand Working Class, this is one about its imminent death. VJM has written a very logical (as always) essay called Why the New Zealand Working Class is Destined to Turn to Fascism and I’m reacting to it. Although we don’t share the same premises it’s […]

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December 20, 2018

Ironic: Auckland’s ‘Newmarket’

By AHNZ

James Braund writes in this letter to the NZ Herald editor (8 January this year) of how butchers, bakers, greengrocers, and fishmongers have disappeared. As I suggest in my previous post, this is a phenomena of Baby Boomers shredding the social function of these once prolific institutions. I used to shop at Newmarket’s 277 Countdown […]

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December 19, 2018

1920s: The Rise of Four Square stores

By AHNZ

Four Square stores are synonymous with 1950s New Zealand but rose from the mid 1920s to dominate their market for many decades. Only at the beginning of the 1970s did self-service supermarkets displace this old format. Four Square still holds on in small towns as the major provider where the market or logistics run isn’t […]

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December 19, 2018

1859: NZI- Insurance by Compulsion?

By AHNZ

The New Zealand Insurance Company, NZI, 1859-1981 (merged) is still trading under the name NZI today. This crest from a 1959 shareholder publication has the moto ‘adverso fortior’, “stronger than adversity”. The tui, kiwi, and dead sheep seem typical indigenous decoration. But is that a fern or speargrass bit of vegetation? That ship up top […]

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December 18, 2018

1863: Butlerian Jihad on Victorian Schooling

By AHNZ

15th December 1863, First use of New Zealand’s oldest school building (I doubt that). The building is known as ‘Big School’ and still stands in Christ’s College, Christchurch. Designed by James Fitzgerald, who was also editor of The Press newspaper. Last year I read ‘Erewhon’. This, Samuel Butler’s, book was first published in The Press […]

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December 17, 2018

1642: Dutch Discovery of New Zealand

By AHNZ

376 Years Ago: Abel Tasman sights the South Island(13/12/1642) It is the West Coast of the South Island in general, and the Grey District in particular, that was discovered first by the Dutchman. A few days later this month, December, Tasman will discover Moordenaers Baij (Murderer’s Bay)…which did not go so well for the visitors. […]

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December 14, 2018

1904: No Santa Gifts for Maoris

By AHNZ

White Western Patriarchy thwarted in act of colonising tangata whenua! Santa Claus Dilemma: Where is the Chimney? Artist E F Hiscocks – 24/12/1904 Ref. New Zealand Graphic; madoncollections.com

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December 13, 2018

The Kiwi Contest to Define ‘Racism’

By AHNZ

Two battling Cultures compete for power and influence in New Zealand. It’s primitive and silly to the Anarchist but has been going on for over 200 years. Sometimes it’s open warfare but the rest of the time goes on via an endless grappling and clashing of memes and the very meaning of words. Especially words […]

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December 12, 2018

1642: Continents Suspected Deep in the South

By AHNZ

Able Tasman’s written instructions from Dutch East Indies Company.. “It is well-known that the southern regions are peopled by fierce savages” Wow! Well known? This sort of information is tantalising to me. What did the West know about New Zealand before Tasman? Nothing? Could the above remark simply be a generalisation about South Pacific hospitality, not […]

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December 11, 2018

1936: Jack Lovelock, Political Puppet

By AHNZ

November/December, 1936: Jack Lovelock tours New Zealand on the back of his success at the Berlin Olympics (August ’36.) Living overseas at this point, he was, never the less, captain of the NZ Olympic Team that showed the Krauts what was what. (Actually, I have an earlier post about that asking if Lovelock and other […]

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December 10, 2018

1880: Death of Chief Tainui

By AHNZ

Today in history: 8 December, 1880, Burial of Chief Werita Tainui in Greymouth where he had been a very early inhabitant. He had died on November 30th. Tainui’s brother, Tarapuhi had come seeking greenstone in the late 1700s but met with a lethal reception from the local Ngati Wairangi tribe. The brothers’ war party, perhaps with […]

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December 7, 2018

The Boomers: Kiwis vs Frogs

By AHNZ

Opinion Civil war in France within 6 months? I say non, monsieur. The French are revolting, especially in Paris, against their State. Main complaint being the punitive tax (real and hidden) harming their standard of living. They have no leaders and no particular demands. They are destructive and civilly disobedient toward the State’s forced called to […]

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December 6, 2018


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