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Downloadable Zines

Zines listed below are all locally produced. Further down, 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.

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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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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.



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

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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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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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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.

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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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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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Online Zine Libraries

Aside from those on our own Downloadable Zines listing, there's a massive amount of zines hosted online which you can read, download and distribute for free.


Typically these are political zines, or quite old zines saved in archives. Many also invite you to share your own work with their collection.

A large, regularly updated collection of science fiction fanzines.
A small collection of political zines. CrimeThinc also have a library of other downloadable texts and media.
DC Punk Archive Zine Library
The DC Punk Archive Zine Library is a virtual collection of zines about (and often by members of) the DC music scene and includes interviews, concert reviews, record reviews, and photos of DC punk artists.
Indigenous Action
This Arizona-based indigenous resistance movement was founded to provide strategic communications and direct action support for Indigenous community’s sacred lands defense. As part of this kaupapa, they have an archive of zines on indigenous activism available for free download.
No Borders
No Borders - Louisville's Radical Lending Library is a mobile, anarchist library in the US. Their site includes free downloadable zines on anarchist and social justice themes.
Internet Archive
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. They have a large collections of zines available, including collections from long-running zines like Maximum Rock'n'roll, media fanzines from as far back as the 1960s, UFO zines and much more.
Sherwood Forest Zine Library
A real-world zine library based in Austin, Sherwood Forest also features a massive online library of zines on a range of topics to print and download.
Quarantine Public Library
Quarantine Public Library have a large collection of small, single-page printable zines made by artists. The works published here are for anyone to freely download, print and assemble—to keep or give away.
Send Back My Stamps! Metal History Through Fanzines
A site featuring interviews and ephemera from fanzines produced in the early days of the (heavy/death/thrash/black etc.) metal underground.
Papercut Zine Library
Papercut Zine Library are based just outside of Boston. Alongside their in-person collection, Papercut hosts a large online library of zines on their website.
ZC Mag
ZC MAG is a mutual assistance organization for and by creators of zines and small art, in conjunction with the Zine Crisis discord server. Their site includes a printable zine library, zine idea generator and other tools and resources to help make and share zines.
Fat Liberation Archive
A collection of fat liberation cultural and organizing history, including zines, flyers, articles, audio recordings, and other evidence of the lives of fat liberation-oriented queers, anarchists, feminists, lesbians, and revolutionaries from the 1970s to today, mostly from the US and the UK.
Sprout Distro
Sprout Distro is an anarchist project who share zines as a way of contributing to the increased proliferation of anarchist projects and resistance. All their zines are available as PDFs for folks to download, print, and distribute themselves.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress have archived the websites of a range of various online zines, which are available as part of their digital collection. This includes sources like Hyperallergic, Broken Pencil, The Feminist eZine and more.
Solidarity! Radical Library
Solidarity! are based in the US and have a searchable online zine archive of 800 zines. These works cover every topic from Globalization and the Industrial Prison Complex to first kisses.
P.O.C Zine Project
POCZP is a project making zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share. They curate and produce events that center POC-authored publications, have established an archive, cultivates digital platforms that share POC zines and provides grants, tools and events for zinesters.
Queer Zine Archive Project
The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) preserves a large amount and variety of zines on queer themes. Their searchable archives include a massive amount of queer zines to read and download.
Untorelli Press
Untorelli Press is an anarchist publishing project who "seek to propagate our textual diseases and contribute to the plague of anarchy." Their site includes downloadable zines and essays exploring anarchism and critical social movements.
The Freedom Archives
The Freedom Archives contains over 12,000 hours of audio and video recordings as well as zines and other print materials dating primarily from the late-1960s to the mid-90s. These collections chronicle the progressive history of the Bay Area, the United States, and international movements for liberation and social justice.
The Small Science Collective
A collaboration of artists, students, and scientists, the Small Science Collective produces small zines and web comics on topics from ants to galaxies. Read online or download the zines on their website.
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