New Zealand

Movie Review: 'SAVAGE' (2019)

A review of a movie about gang life in Aotearoa.

Why We Don’t Vote - Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

In September 2020 Aotearoa will experience a General Election. This article by Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (AWSM) puts an Anarchist case against voting in such events.

CHOCOLATE FISH, RED HERRINGS AND BILLIONAIRES

We read about the amazing feats of the rich and powerful and are encouraged to accept them. Their existence is seen as natural and beneficial. A look at the story of the soon to be richest person in Aotearoa shows we don’t need to buy into this and shouldn’t.

A Workers Story #2

In ancient times, known as BC (Before Corona) we at Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (AWSM) put a call out for workers to share their personal stories about difficulties they have or are experiencing at work. We had positive feedback and began with the story of an educator in Southland .https://awsm.nz/?p=4390. Here is the second contribution to the series by Richard, a worker in Wellington

NZ Election: Money, Power and Kiwi Non-Exceptionalism

In an election year, leading NZ politicians are embroiled in donation scandals.

Not Voting: "Unhelpful & extreme"?

This article defends the established Anarchist position of not voting for political parties. It arose as part of a dialogue with a self-declared Anarchist who claimed this view is "unhelpful and extreme".

The History of a Riot: Class, Popular Protest and Violence in Early Colonial Nelson

Petitions, public meetings, strikes, go-slows, violence and armed revolt. Nelson, New Zealand in 1843 was said to be 'in a state little short of anarchy'. In this paper, Jared Davidson argues that the self-activity of the Nelson labourers and their wives had a significant impact on the development of Nelson, drawing on traditions of popular protest, class power and the gendered labour of making shift. The agricultural backgrounds of many of the emigrants and the conflicts of the English countryside – including but not limited to the Swing Riots of 1830/31 – played a role in structuring the gang-men’s response to their situation.

A Workers Story #1

INTRODUCTION

Here Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (ASWM) offers the first of what we hope will become an ongoing series of interviews with workers from various sectors who are having their well being and livelihoods damaged. We begin with an educator in Southland, South Island. Due to the attitude and actions of his employers, he has asked to remain anonymous.

If you have a story to share, don’t hesitate to tell us and we will do what we can to help get the news out there as part of the first step in fighting back!

History of AWSM 2008-2020

A short history of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (AWSM), an Anarcho-Communist propaganda group based in New Zealand/Aotearoa.

Movie Review: SEDITION (2005)

A 2013 review of a documentary about World War II conscientious objectors in Aotearoa/New Zealand.