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

1974: The Ohu Scheme

By AHNZ

New Zealand is no stranger to communes. I discern, as with most things, a generational cycle of 20 years. In 1974 Labour 3.0 announced The Ohu Scheme, opening up isolated Crown land to communes. As with the 1990s (eg Centrepoint,) the 1970s people (eg. Mahana est.1978) faded away as they discovered replacing modern culture wasn’t […]

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April 19, 2019

1932: Queen Street Riot

By AHNZ

The Slump (aka The Great Depression) reached its most visible and worst point in Auckland on April 14, 1932.  Tensions were high as the unemployed marched along Queen Street that day. Fun and games like Cheer Up Week were in the rear-view. Union Leader Jim Edwards organised street demonstrations but this one was getting out of […]

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April 18, 2019

1931: Cheer-up Week

By AHNZ

17 April 1931, Auckland’s ‘Cheer-up Week’ turned up the manufactured optimism full bore. The world-wide economic depression, ‘The Great Depression’, was running its course in New Zealand. Worse was to come in terms of conditions: Horrible relief camps and street riots in Dunedin, Wellington, and Auckland the following year. Government measures would exacerbate the pain […]

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April 17, 2019

1904: Education Compilation Act

By AHNZ

In Lord of the Rings the big bad guy, Sauron, created the One Ring of Power to rule them all. The idea of technological institutions can, like magic rings, replace human leaderships and charisma is a fatal conceit. We know we can get someone else to carry our physical burdens and even have labour-saving devices […]

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April 15, 2019

1939: No-Fault Persecution

By AHNZ

A post about bullying and how a normal name like ‘Isis’ or ‘Gerry’ can suddenly make a kid the object of persecution. Here’s history talking through a remarkable parallel shared on a comment thread… “My old man started school in 1939 in Scotland. His name is Gerard. Or as a lad, Gerry. The bullying he […]

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April 14, 2019

1700s: Slave New Zealand

By AHNZ

I’ve been thinking about this True Political Spectrum graph. It’s pretty good. However, I’d reserve 100% for another segment of the wedge to the left of total power: Tribalism. All powerful, all controlling. To live among bickering battering barbarians and then to have Alexander the Great come along and Empire-up your town would be a […]

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April 13, 2019

1978: Punk

By AHNZ

Punk Rock became of New Zealand in 1978, the year The Enemy became Toy Love°. Lagging behind in the history cycle as always, Punk Rock was already up and running in the USA and then the UK really took to it. Ramones, Joy Division, The Smiths, The Stranglers, The Clash. Sid Vicious of Sex Pistols sang […]

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April 12, 2019

1863: Mass Deaths in Otago

By AHNZ

Central Otago Diggers had a damn hard winter in 1863. Scores of men died on the goldfields from the cold and snow but it was only the beginning of the death toll to follow. At Gorge Creek a camp of diggers was cut off by snow (perhaps 6m deep) from their supplies at Roxburgh and […]

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April 11, 2019

1851: New Zealand’s First Census

By AHNZ

On November 1st, 1851, the Settler (European) population of New Zealand had its first national census. It would be a century before Maoris were counted the same by the bean counters of The State. We were not alone¹. The British Empire conducted a national census upon England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales in March of the […]

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April 10, 2019

1992: A Thing Well Made

By AHNZ

Look at the way this gun fits the crook of your arm. To make a thing like that you’d need to know what you were about.. Society today has learned to ‘blank out’ the fact of sexual dimorphism in humans for various cultural reasons attached to the present ascendency of the SJW (Social Justice Warrior.) […]

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April 8, 2019

1987: The Death of Shoe Salesmen

By AHNZ

Today in history: April 5, 1987, Fox TV launched with Married … with Children. Using a footware lens on history this is a pretty good marker for our society changing from a Dignity Culture that valued goods to a throw-away consumer society¹. The institutional phenomena of measuring a customer’s feet was a gimmick, I would speculate. […]

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April 7, 2019

1900s: 2 Distinct Nations Rendered

By AHNZ

Said without approval by Chris Trotter… “As the new century found its feet, New Zealand was fast becoming two, quite distinct, nations. On the land dwelt what the majority of the Population looked up to as the quintessential New Zealander — the farmer. He and his family were regarded as self-reliant, hard-working, right-thinking and God-fearing, […]

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April 7, 2019