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

1910: Buller Gorge

By AHNZ

W Franklyn Barrett, colour film footage of Buller Gorge in 1910. Wonderful to have! Seldom do we have film this old (and this good) of New Zealand. In this case the editor has also taken the trouble of using the Pathecolour technique to add in some greens and browns. If I understand correctly, the final film […]

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January 31, 2019

1980s: The Littlest Hobo

By AHNZ

This meant a lot to me as a little kid. ‘The Littlest Hobo’ was a Canadian TV show which also aired in Nz in the early eighties. Only the dog, The Littlest Hobo, was constant but given a new name and a new people to help each episode. TLH was basically a high IQ and […]

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January 30, 2019

1880s: “I’m going into Town”

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A very major theme in New Zealand ethnology and history are the two great population engines of Town and Country. They clash with each other and output Kiwis of quite different character. To know this old fairytale of the Town Mouse and The Country Mouse is to understand a great deal and with empathy. “The […]

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January 29, 2019

1908: Wellington State Monopoly, Chinks Only!

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For over a century the Chinese have secured a special place in the New Zealand marketplace. In the C19th most, not all, of our Chinamen were peasants grubbing for gold others couldn’t even be bothered re-working to extract. Most of these returned to the Orient and were made very unwelcome by Liberals politicians such as […]

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January 28, 2019

1930s: Whose News?

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The State has a very long history of controlling the news media in New Zealand. Despite what some say, I don’t think the advent of the internet has caused the propaganda machine to lose its stride. Newspapers were mouthpieces for the state, usually in the pay of one or the other big party. Owners and […]

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January 27, 2019

Government Place Names

By AHNZ

I don’t cede sovereignty to a State Geographic Board to dictate or compel my speech or what names I may or may not use. I wont beg or plead them for the right to think or name things because then I would recognise myself a victim and they the masters who bestow names and definitions […]

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January 26, 2019

1936: Mickey Mouse in the French Foreign Legion

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Mickey Mouse in the foreign legion!? This children’s book was published in Wellington by Valentine Publications. Seemingly based on a 1936 comic strip. Not being able to read it we are left to speculate (good, that’s my favourite!) New Zealand’s WWII children were probably happy to hear about their friend Mickey joining the French Foreign […]

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January 25, 2019

1970s: Kelly Tarlton: He Could and He Did

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“If anything was possible, Kelly would do it. If something wasn’t working, Kelly would fix it. If a wreck or any other marine object was somewhere on the sea floor, Kelly would find it.”- Roger Grace

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January 24, 2019

1840: Wellington Anniversary

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22 January, 1840, Aurora sails into Wellington two weeks before Treaty signed. First party of settlers of the New Zealand Company (Mark II). They had raced around the world seeking to defeat William Hobson and Willoughby Shortland and put down roots in New Zealand first. In other words, to beat the Crown! And they had […]

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January 23, 2019

1960: Arise, Television

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1 June 1960: New Zealand Broadcasting Service (NZ BS, lol!) broadcasts the country’s first regular (non-experimental) TV transmission in Auckland. Wellington and Christchurch would soon follow. I think this is true, that the Lattice of entertainment has been gummed up and stuck together with the Lattice of the Sacred. As a society we require dignified […]

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January 22, 2019

1970s: The Fall of Four Square Stores

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Four Square marketing ‘mad men’ were driving it hard into the home with this jigsaw puzzle.  Literally placing a picture of their product line into a game you get to play! Our products are your toys in your homes. Four Square Stores jigsaw puzzle box cover showing many Four Square grocery product lines – “An interesting […]

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January 21, 2019

2007: Paper Computer Dream Dies With Kiwi Inventor

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Paper Computers: We should have had them by now. You can even see the prototypes on Youtube. Dr. Alan MacDiarmid was the chemist who was supposed to deliver. Became one of the 3 Nobel Prizes awarded to New Zealanders for his work on conductive polymers. That was back in 2000, long before we had our […]

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January 20, 2019