The Significance of the 1912 Waihi Strike

This year marks the centenary of the 1912 Waihi miners’ strike, one of the most important – and violently contested – strikes in New Zealand history. Frederick Evans was matyred; political ideas and organisational questions clarified; and the role and force of the state made clear. The strike offers many lessons for today. To mark the occasion, […]

Review: The Significance of the 1912 Waihi Strike

Review: The Significance of the 1912 Waihi Strike Martin Gregory International Socialist Organisation, 2012 ISBN: 978-0-473-22214-7 $5 Reviewed by Andrew Cooper On Monday a force of thugs and scabs attacked the union hall under the gaze of the police with a hail of missiles. A plug of gelignite was thrown, exploding just outside the hall […]

He pokeke uenuku i tu ai: the evolution of contemporary Maori protest

“Historically, the intensity and momentum of Maori political activism has never been consistent. Upturns in protest activity are followed by downturns in struggle and vice versa. The 1970s were witness to a dramatic upsurge in Maori activism which had a profound effect on New Zealand Society. The political turbulence created in the wake of the 1975 […]

Students and the Education Factory

This is a must read pamphlet for any activist interested in student politics today. It covers a range of topics related to tertiary education like why we should campaign for free education and the role of the University in modern capitalism. Most importantly the pamphlet is a history of the student movement in the 1990s […]