New Zealand

Housing in New Zealand/Aotearoa: Rhetoric .v. Action

This article looks at the gap between government announcements and lack of action to address housing issues in New Zealand/Aotearoa.

Interview With NZ Anarchist

Social Activist Alex Pirie interviews Barrie Sargeant, New Zealand anarchist and member of Aotearoa Workers' Solidarity Movement (AWSM).

The Hobbit- The Desolation of Warners

Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red

The history of the left is usually told as one of factionalism and division. This collection of essays casts new light to show how the boundaries between Marxism and anarchism have been more porous and fruitful than is conventionally recognised.

Wobblies and Cossacks: The 1913 great strike

1913 general strike

A short history of the 1913 New Zealand general strike by Ciaran Doolin.

The Day British Seamen Said "No!" - A history of the Amalric Revolt

This is an account of the strike of British ships’ crews in New 
Zealand during October and November 1975. “Strike of ships’ 
crews” is a correct description of what occurred. In no way 
was it a strike of the National Union of Seamen; indeed the 
NUS, or more exactly its paid officials, its bureaucracy, did 
their damnedest to dismember and smash the strike.

Secret Handshakes and Health Care in Australia

A booklet published by The Grand United Order of Oddfellows telling the story of how health services spread around Australia through the 'lodge network' and enabled working people to insure themselves against sickness, death and unemployment.

Interview with the Health Sector Workers Network (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

Recomposition interview with members of the Health Sector Workers Network in Aotearoa/New Zealand. They discuss attempting to build cross-workplace and cross-trade solidarity, the recent series of Junior Doctor’s strikes (the equivalent of residents in the US), and building workers resistance to health austerity.

1975-83: Maori New Zealanders Occupy Golf Course in Struggle for Tribal Lands

In the 70's Maori groups began a series of occupations to reclaim their tribal lands. The occupation of the Raglan golf course, a former burial site was an eight year struggle with the New Zealand government.

Real education: varieties of freedom - David Gribble

Dartington Hall School photo, 1986

Gribble describes several different schools around the world with pupils from all backgrounds, and demonstrates how children do better when they are allowed to think for themselves. He provides evidence that discipline, curriculum and tests are irrelevant to a child's development and that the central issues are care, respect and freedom.