April 19, 2019 - The History of New Zealand through a Libertarian Anarchist lens. Please enjoy the ideas and let me know what you think.

1848: The Acheron Survey

By AHNZ

November 1848: HMS Acheron arrives in New Zealand under Captain John Lort Stokes. Between 1848 and 1851 she made a coastal survey of New Zealand, the first such survey since Captain Cook. Later, as acting captain of Beagle, he visited New Zealand (and Australia) again and his surveys led to his 1846 book (volume 2) which says […]

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February 28, 2019

1900: The Khaki Girls

By AHNZ

Back in 1900 we were in the throes of one of our periodic cycles of Honour Culture. During such cycles we tend to express ourselves with Physical Culture and, if possible, get ourselves involved in someone else’s wars. Naturally, then, New Zealand was the first colony in the Empire to sign up for South African War. […]

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February 27, 2019

Anarkiwi vs Harry Browne

By AHNZ

But that’s not quite true is it, Harry? There are gangs fighting over pharmaceutical and alcohol territories, even primary produce such as honey and apples. The warriors dress in suits and make millions of dollars, investing heavily in political patronage as they seek greater market rents by using the law and “food safety” to exclude […]

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February 26, 2019

1971: South City Substation

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Interesting bit of technology on the Dunedin rooftops. This inner-city electricity distribution substation on Crawford Street has very distinctive roof cones… Learn more in this earlier post: South City Substation; 1971-72

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February 25, 2019

1944: No serotonin for you, Boomer!

By AHNZ

The early infancy parenting of the Baby Boomer generation explains a great deal, or all, of who they grew up to be. This image from c.January 1944 shows babies being wheeled around in a trolley like stock by government staff. An absolute disaster for parent/child attachment. It’s great, New Mum, if you don’t want to be […]

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February 24, 2019

1940: Tomorrow Dies

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‘Tomorow’ magazine 1934-1940; The major left-wing counter-culture magazine of its time. Edited and printed in Christchurch (of course,) distributed nationally. Full up with the cracker-jack young poets, academics, and even government insiders (eg W. Sutch, H. Innes) it was written by and for a temporary spurt of intellectual and creative young Victimhood Culture champions. The […]

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February 23, 2019

1937: Death of Rua Kenana

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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

1425: Moa and Lancewood

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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