Downloadable Zines

The zines on this page are all locally produced. On the Libraries page of our website, there's listings for other online zine libraries where you can read and download zines.

How to Talk to Your Racist Uncle

 

A zine collaboration we ran with an anti-racist communication workshop by Fireside Collective Aotearoa in 2021.

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Dear Racist Uncle

A zine which combines a range of creative reflections from the workshop participants.

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Addressing The Racism In The Room

A comic drawing on key themes and ideas from the workshop, showing anti-racist communications in action.

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How to Talk to Your Racist Uncle

A zine of notes and key ideas from the workshop, with illustrations.

 
Radical Zine Series

 

A project which recruits local zinemakers to illustrate and redesign radical texts from The Freedom Shop zine catalogue. Find out more.

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Rongoā

Written by Emily Tuhi-Ao Bailey, this text is a practical guide to the many ways native plants can support our tīnana when we aren’t well.

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The Tyranny of the Clock

Written by George Woodcock in 1944, this text considers how the introduction of the clock embedded time as a capitalist resource.

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Are We All New Zealanders Now?

A Māori response to the Pākehā quest for indigeneity. Written by Dr Ani Mikaere.

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The Problem with White Saviours

A reflection of a problematic New Zealand charity mission sailing to Tonga to provide medical aid. By Simone Kaho, published in E-Tangata.

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Eternal War on the Hitler Youth

An account of the The Edelweiss Pirates, a youth resistance movement against Hitler Youth initiatives.

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The Terror of the Dawn Raids

A historical account of brutally racist government action in the 1970s. Written by Melani Anae in 2020.

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Burning Women

An exploration of the European Witch hunts and the rise of capitalism. Written by Lady Stardust.

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Dare to be a Daniel!

The story of how a revolutionary syndicalist union was built in 1910. Written by Wilf McCartney in 1942.

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Landlord Neutral 2030

Written by Jack Foster, Dylan Taylor and Murdoch Stephens. First published in Counterfutures Journal 2021.

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Police & You

This original text from The Freedom Shop provides practical advice for people who are interacting with Police in Aotearoa.

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The Fourth World War Has Begun

In 1994, Subcomandante Marcos of the Zaptistas wrote this essay arguing that neoliberal ideologies have begun violently reshaping the globe.

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Witches, Midwives and Nurses

Written by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deidre English. A critical history of the place of women in healthcare.


Disability Zine Project

 

A project which recruits local disabled creatives to make zines about their experiences of disability.

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Wainui's Low Vision Algorithm

A zine which uses algorithmic coding to demonstrate the choices people with low vision must navigate each day.

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I Don't Dream of Labour

A zine which explores what it's like living with endometriosis, and how to make a workplace more accessible for people with the condition.

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Ribs

An illustrated zine documenting what it can be like living with chronic pain.

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This is Not a Happy Zine

A zine exploring the interesections of disability, chronic pain, invisible illness and neurodivergence.

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Good Treatment

A zine of colourful digital collages and writing which explores the creator's experience of disability and struggle with the medical system.

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This is What a Disabled Body Looks Like

A zine combining poetry, quotes and watercolour portraits of the creator's disabled friends.

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Anti-Vaxxers Want
Me to Stay Home

A collaborative zine which combines illustrations, poetry, writing and comics by disabled creatives on the anti-vax, anti-mask and COVID denial movements. Edited by Pinky Fang.

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Ride The Wave

An illustrated zine documenting how the creator's world shifted following the onset of various conditions, and the ways she has managed since.


COVEN

 

A collaborative zine series produced in 2021. COVEN zines combine illustrations, poetry, collage, short stories and articles around the theme of witchcraft and the coven.

 

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Water

Cover by Liz Platova. Contributions from Madeline McGovern, Anne Taylor, Galena Marie, Leo Hollbrook, Cat Fraser and Eli Vaughan.

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Fire

Cover and contributions by Madeline McGovern. Contributions by Kai, Rosie Mazur, Nerida Woods, Nina Harper, Daily Secretion, Frankie J, Charlotte Kelly, June Moth and Dane Divine.

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Earth

Cover and contributions by Alice Fennessy. Other contributions by Madeline McGovern, Kez Townshend, Charlotte Page, Fey Nally, KTINE, Arden Etoile, Tiffany Gray and JPaige.

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Air

Cover by Arden Etoile. Contributions from Madeline McGovern, Rosie Mazur, Angelica Blevins, Catherine McDonald, Galena Marie, Fey Nally, Miles Davitt, So-Young, Michaela Keeble, Cerys Wiles, TreesDraws and Lottie.


The Archive is Alive

 

In partnership with LAGANZ (Lesbian and Gay Archives New Zealand), Wellington Zinefest have run collaborative zine workshops inspired by, and using collaged materials from, New Zealand's queer archives. Find out more.

 

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The Archive is Alive III

Volume Three is a smaller zine featuring writing by Will Hansen and submissions from queer youth as part of a collaboration with Inside Out.

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The Archive is Alive II

Volume Two, titled "The Gender Woo Woo", focused more specifically on the histories of those falling under the trans umbrella. The zine reflects on the histories of various trans identities.

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The Archive is Alive

Volume One combines collages reflecting on queer history and explores the process of working with the LAGANZ archive.


Other Zines
 
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Lockdown

Created after the COVID-19 Alert Level Four lockdown in 2020, this reflects on the experiences of domestic lockdown against those incarcerated in prisons in Aotearoa.

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Simple Plastic-Free Tips

A short illustrated zine featuring tips for reducing plastic waste.

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A Field Guide to Being a Trans Woman in Aotearoa

A collection of tips, insights and learnings that the writer discovered during her transition.

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Gender Unbound

A zine on growing up and exploring identity.

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Help! I've Seen a Banded Bird

A field guide which explains what you can do when encountering a banded bird.

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Colour Us In!

A sea life-themed colouring-in zine filled with beautiful illustrations.

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Saturns_Comics #2

“A series of slice of life scenarios in the life of anime fan Katelyn and her friends." Issue two of the series.

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Saturns_Comics #1

"A collection of stories of the villainous misconduct of our hero and antagonistic protagonist, Peepo". Issue one of the series.

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Did Witches Use Psychoactive Drugs?

An excerpt from a forthcoming book, this zine explores historical claims of psychoactive drug use by witches.

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Together, Apart

A collection of essays and artwork by Aotearoa-based migrants of colour reflecting on the experience of isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Uncivilised Immersion

A zine based on Jen's thesis on embodied, wild swimming through intertidal zones in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

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Daring to Think of Something Better

A collaborative zine which combines critiques of Aotearoa's prison systems with creative submissions.

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