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

1937: Death of Rua Kenana

By AHNZ

Rua Kenana died 82 years ago yesterday (20/Feb/1937.) The great Maori anarchist who looks like Bob Marley. By his charisma and Bible wielding, Kenana created a settlement called New Jerusalem in the Urewera Ranges. These Maoris really showed the world and they were on their way to having their own nation. Kenana’s folk didn’t give […]

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February 21, 2019

Moa and Lancewood

By AHNZ

The little tree with PTSD about being eaten by a moa. Well, it does! Lancewood, the Pseudopanax crassifolius. It takes 15-20 years to grow above the height of a moa at which point it morphs into proper tree form. Moa are, of course, extinct, so when this tree calms down about having outlived its natural […]

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February 20, 2019

1979: Split Enz: Frenzy

By AHNZ

Today in history: Split Enz album Frenzy turns 40. It was with this album that the band transformed. Before this they were a bunch of odd harlequin clowns but after they found their new sound. With this record many of us found we could relate to the music. And, they became international superstars. Album is […]

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February 19, 2019

1936: Kings High

By AHNZ

Principal: Schools being asked to do parents’ role. Great speech kicks in at 4mins Kings High (est 1936, in time for James K Baxter to attend) is a Dunedin boys-only school. Rector/Headmaster Dan Reddiex is upholding a tradition which, of course, goes back to deep roots among the Scottish Presbyterians: The core value of quality […]

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February 18, 2019

1960: Henderson Intermediate

By AHNZ

Henderson Intermediate (‘where students flourish and grow’) established out of Henderson High (Auckland) in about 1960. The school was one of the first (June 2010) to partner up with the Communist-promoting Confucius Institute run out of Auckland University. The organization also promotes the interests of the Chinese Communist Party in the countries in which it operates.- wiki […]

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February 17, 2019

1986: Mikhail Lermontov Sinking

By AHNZ

Today in history, 16 Feb 1986, The Soviet Union cruise ship MS Mikhail Lermontov sinks on the rocks in the Marlborough Sounds. This was while the ship was, as is conventional, under the charge of the Picton Harbour pilot, Don Jamison. Jamison assured the nervous captain it was safe but…glug glug glug. Yeah, I’ll take New […]

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February 16, 2019

1953: Prize-Giving Speech

By AHNZ

Prize-Giving Speech was recorded on LP for  Barney Flanagan and Other Poems (1973) but dates, I think, from poet J.K.Baxter’s The Fallen House (1953.) Baxter wrote many powerful poems to deliberately provoke and enliven New Zealand culture. Such attempts needed to be frustrated by being re-framed as a friendly Kiwiana icon. Like the song Born in the […]

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February 15, 2019

1919: General Election

By AHNZ

I think it’s Tokitoki Creek, Portland, at what may be a telephone office/store based on the interesting pole slightly left of centre shot. Appears to be a photo taken on a fresh water river (note vegetation) from a boat. Limestone Island had a telephone office polling booth on previous occasions but no such river. By […]

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February 14, 2019

1870: The University of New Zealand Act

By AHNZ

2 September 1870: The University of New Zealand Act An act to take take over perfectly good and individual institutions and roll them into one state-controlled kragled ball. The academic version of abolishing the provinces! Effective 1874. Eventually another reform released the individual universities again but that itself, you may be sure, was simply another […]

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February 13, 2019

You Like Butter

By AHNZ

You might want to stop reading this post right now. It’s folklore speculation time. And I can barely remember being very young and encountering this ‘you like butter’ test. If the yellow buttercup flower reflects in the skin under a child’s chin then the pronouncement follows that “you like butter”. Could it be true? I […]

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February 12, 2019

1878: Premier George Grey’s Tour

By AHNZ

This month in history: Premier’s Tour, Feb 1878. Sir George Grey, the Premier, is on a Ministerial tour. Here’s a great photo from his visit to Kumara on the 25th. George and friends have already toured the North Island during parliamentary recess and now it is the turn of the “Middle Island” to enjoy their graces. Nobody […]

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February 11, 2019

1981: Kiwis Bombing Kiwis

By AHNZ

In 1981 triathlete Erin Baker became a criminal, guilty of launching an incendiary weapon during the Springbok Tour protest. No travel visa for you, no more sporting adventure$$ in America. Rightly so! Throwing bombs is a violent and serious business and she was responsible. Her claim (which I fully accept) is that it was only […]

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February 7, 2019


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