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

1987: The Krypton Factor

By AHNZ

The Krypton Factor, hosted by Dougal Stevenson ran from 1987 to 1991 on TV2. In an era of Dignity Culture this is the form that game shows take. No contestant shaming, no gratuitous sexual displays, no aggression. The champion of this rather formal contest needed to excel both physically and mentally. According to wikipedia the […]

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March 31, 2019

1900: Boer War Parade

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Back in 1900 New Zealand’s mainstream was well into the grips of high Honour Culture. Our Prime Minister¹ was Richard Seddon, a big tall brawling bear of a man. The time for effeminate pipsqueaks like Reeves being useful to the ruling Liberal Party had passed. By the time of this photo New Zealand’s 1st Contingent of […]

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March 30, 2019

1960s: Brutalism in Nelson

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1960s photo shows stark contrast between Old and New Government Buildings in Nelson. Between 1860s Jacobethan and 1960s Brutalism.   The spirit of the age had changed markedly between time periods and here we see different generations speaking to us side by side in New Zealand’s history.   Being government buildings they are both lying […]

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March 30, 2019

1982: The Other Guy

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Part of New Zealand culture though technically the Little River Band is an Aussie act. Through an Anarchist lens (that’s what we’re here for) of history it is crucial timing for the state of culture in 1982 that this conundrum would be before our culture. The Other Guy is The State. “If the government can […]

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March 29, 2019

1896: Good Honest Chocolate

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J.H. Whittaker migrated to Christchurch from England to make his own chocolate in 1890. Moving to Wellington in 1896, he set up the chocolate factory we still have today. And it’s good stuff. Better than Cadbury, particularly now that they’ve dropped the ball. I am amused to see this latest update on Whittaker’s Facebook page […]

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March 28, 2019

1940s: We Will Remember Them

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Enjoyed watching the WW2 re-enactment at the Helensville A&P Show back in February. These men suddenly came alive and became interesting when they became active on the hillside above the kid’s rides. A reminder that war memorabilia and retro equipment is a huge part of Kiwi cultural history. Any swap meet or army surplus store […]

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March 28, 2019

1925: Henderson Creek

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Mostly just me and my canoe these days. I’m a regular explorer and seldom see another soul as the mangroves’ grip grows tighter and tighter. No yachts beyond Te Atatu (except 1 derelict now sunk.) Can you remember people boating in Henderson’s creeks and rivers? It’s an unusual sight nowadays to see small yachts anchored […]

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March 27, 2019

2018: Blind Bisexual Goose Gets Civic Funeral

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Future generations will look back in amazed embarrassment; Our ancestors would weep; Conquers will rightly say we had it coming. “…with all the pomp the community could muster. About 60 people attended the ceremony with Thomas – a blind, bisexual goose – laid to rest in an area by the lagoons. A piper led the […]

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March 27, 2019

2014: The Lego Movie

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Of course you realise that the Theory of Moral Cultures (TMC) is also a school of literary criticism. Here’s a review of The Lego Movie (2014) employing also Strauss-Howe Generational Theory ahead of the release of this year’s sequel. Dramatis Personae  Baby Boomer; Outgoing Generation: Vitruvius. Old man yet looked up to, powerful. Wizardly. Has […]

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March 26, 2019

1913: Permission Slip to Raffle

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Hold on Tom, did you get a permission slip to make that application? Do you even Kafka? Needless to say I find it offensive to liberty that anyone should have to get State permission from bureaucrats to run a community raffle. This permission slip from Wellington is a reminder how how invasive the ‘Liberal’ government […]

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March 25, 2019

1930s: I’m envious of Uncle Scrim

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I’m envious of Uncle Scrim (1903-87) in terms of the access he managed to claim for himself. Unqualified, he queue-jumps into being a Methodist Minister thus gaining the title of ‘Reverend’. Then, stumbles into this huge city job of being the main man at the Auckland central inner-city Methodist mission. With this, Scrim gets a […]

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March 24, 2019

Honour Culture

By AHNZ

Moral Cultures Theory is an ethnographical tool to help make a bit of sense out of human history. Risky business: Stereotyping individuals and peoples. So, you need to remember you’re doing it and to use the tool wisely. Better to have a rude filtering tool though than to have to look at the full radioactive blast […]

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March 23, 2019