January 19, 2019 - The History of New Zealand through an anarchist lens. Please enjoy the ideas and let me know what you think.

1154 AD: An 800yo Description of Maoris

By AHNZ

It may be New Zealand and Maoris are being discussed by Westerners some eight centuries ago within the pages of the Tabula Rogeriana. It is a wonderful map showing place names and topography recognisable today. Also, it is companioned with a commentary of all of these places which describes the lands and the people… “(New Zealand […]

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January 9, 2019

1867: Pheasant, blackbirds, thrushes and starlings

By AHNZ

151 years of blackbirds and thrushes in Cantab! 10 January, 1867: The Canterbury Acclimatisation Society released imported pheasant, blackbirds, thrushes and starlings, according to DISCO. All of these birds are alive and well in Canterbury today. It was also around this time that the Society introduced the Australian magpie. Disastrous impact on native flora and […]

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January 7, 2019

1834: Busby’s Shingle

By AHNZ

Mr Zam has made another exciting discovery on the Online Free Market Museum known as Trade Me’s Antiques & Collectables section. Genuine hand split kauri shingle from the roof of original treaty house ( 1834 ) Waitangi Bay of Islands New Zealand. It may date from 1934 when the Treaty House got a much needed renovation. […]

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January 6, 2019

1934: First Waitangi Day

By AHNZ

Until 1932, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the Treaty House were in a shambles. The Governor General and his wife were appealed to and in a private act of charity purchased Waitangi along with 1000 acres of land as part of the estate. In 1934 all was ready for New Zealand’s first Waitangi Day. This […]

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January 6, 2019

1932: A Funeral for the Rules

By AHNZ

Wanganui, 1932: Police and newspapermen led by a clergyman are pallbearing some football rules to the grave. Weird right? For a change, I’m not going to try to unravel what’s going on here specifically. Instead, let’s take a moment to reflect on the importance and need for historical events to be re-experienced and re-interpreted by […]

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January 5, 2019

Most Radical Idea of the Human Race

By AHNZ

Since the Education Act (1877) was passed in New Zealand things have really been going down hill. — Image ref. The Underground History of American Education

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January 4, 2019

1772: Marion Du Fresne’s Massacre

By AHNZ

Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne was an early French explorer to New Zealand, visiting the Bay of Islands in May 1772. Initially, the crew of the two ships he commanded got on really well with the local Maoris. Then, without warning, de Fresne and 27 of his men were betrayed in an ambush and massacred then eaten. […]

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January 3, 2019

1987: Te Morehu Cairn

By AHNZ

Taking the long way back to Auckland from the Coromandal I spied this interesting neglected monument. There was no chance to stop or go back or a consensus to do so which is why I should always be driving to avoid such oversights. So, I made a point to explore this marker along Kawakawa-Orere Rd a […]

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January 2, 2019

1972: Germaine Greer visits

By AHNZ

Feminism 2.0 came to New Zealand in about 1970 when the first woman’s liberation activity started popping up. Conventions, groups, rape Crisis centers, women’s refuges, womens studies courses, and their very own magazine in 1972, Broadsheet. Lynley Hood, distinguishes the two forms this Second Wave took as Evolutionary and Revolutionary. The Evolutionary Feminists picked up […]

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January 1, 2019

New Years Tax Bonfire

By AHNZ

As far as government tax money laundering schemes go I wouldn’t like to choose between road works and fire works.  “Every time the government spends tax dollars on a program, think: would I kill my kindly, grey haired grandma to secure funding for this?”- P. J. O’Rourke New Zealand spends about 10% of the national budget […]

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January 1, 2019

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


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