Wellington Zinefest x Freedom Shop
Radical Zine Series
The Freedom Shop and Wellington Zinefest work with local creatives to redesign classic zines from The Freedom Shop collection.
Radical Zine Series is a kaupapa which invites local creatives to redesign classic radical zines from the Freedom Shop collection.
The project aims to both provide paid work for artists and make the important ideas contained within the zines more accessible through design.
All of the zines produced in this series are available for free download.
Volume Two Zines
The zines below were made possible thanks to funding from Creative New Zealand.
The Terror of the Dawn Raids
Written by Melani Anae
Redesigned by Darcy Woods
First published in E-Tangata
This text is an edited extract from Anae's book "The Platform: The Radical Legacy of the Polynesian Panthers". Anae looks at the political and social climate that gave rise to the raids — and the circumstances that led to both the police tactics against Pacific Islanders and the activism of the Polynesian Panthers.
Eternal War on the Hitler Youth
The Edelweiss Pirates 1938 - 1945
Redesigned by Zoe Hannay
An account of a youth resistance movement against Hitler Youth initiatives. In the late 1930s, young people formed their own groups in which they could more freely express their own interests and ideas. One of these groups was the Edelweiss Pirates.
Members of the group, both boys and girls, would gather from time to time for weekend camping trips. They would pitch tents in the forest, sing, talk, and fight Hitler Youth patrols. The group’s slogan was “Eternal War on the Hitler Youth.”
Written by Lady Stardust
Redesigned by Cosmo Bones
"Understanding the witch trials is a vital part of understanding the rise of capitalism, the family, women's roles and our relation to our bodies. Their deep importance and impact is too often neglected in even radical histories.
This brief overview looks at the economic, social and ideological reasons for, and the effects of, the massacre of women that took during the rise of capitalism."
Dare to be a Daniel!
Written by Wilf McCartney
Redesigned by Hannah Salmon
Wilf McCartney in his late sixties was a regular speaker at anarchist meetings and a member of the Syndicalist Propaganda League but did not join the Anarchist Federation (as reconstructed in 1940). He took the view, held by many, that what was needed was workers as a whole to organise, not the anarchists as such.
In Dare to be a Daniel, he gives a vivid description of the conditions in the kitchens of London's West End restaurants (some of which haven't altered much) and the way a revolutionary syndicalist union was built in 1910, to be smashed by the 1914-1918 war.
Volume One Zines
The zines for volume one were created using funding by generous sponsors to a Boosted Campaign.
The Problem with White Saviours
Written by Simone Kaho
Redesigned by Kata Brown
First published in E-Tangata
Simone Kaho is a New Zealand writer of Tongan descent. She was born in Auckland and received an MA in creative writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. Her writing has appeared in various publications including JAAM, Turbine, E Tangata and The Dominion Post.
In 2016, Simone Kaho was invited to join a New Zealand charity mission sailing to Tonga to provide medical aid and training in far-flung villages. She leapt at the chance to reconnect with her late father’s homeland, and to do good. But the experience has led her to reflect on the politics of “helping” — and to question the motives of some of those in the business of doing good.
Written by Emily Tuhi-Ao Bailey
Redesigned by Jamie Terekia
This zine was written by Emily Tuhi-Ao Bailey and originally published by the Wellington Rainforest Action Group in 2001. The Wellington Rainforest Action Group (WRAG) was part of the global Rainforest Action Network that sprung up in the 1980s when awareness was raised around the destruction of the world’s old-growth rainforests for things like disposable chopsticks, first-worlders’ toilet paper and single use boxing for export products. WRAG ceased activity around 2005 and members went on to work in other groups, particularly on issues around climate justice.
‘Rongoā’ is a practical guide to the many ways native plants can support our tinana when we aren’t well. The zine also explores the tikanga of gathering rongoā, other uses for plants.
Are We All New Zealanders Now?
Written by Dr Ani Mikaere
Redesigned by Izzy Joy
Ani Mikaere (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou) is a barrister and solicitor and teaches Māori law and philosophy at Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa. Ani has published widely on the impact of colonisation on Māori and Māori legal practices, biculturalism, Māori self-determination and the Treaty of Waitangi.
“Racial conflict was one of the formative experiences of New Zealand society. Pākehā New Zealanders are the products of an invading culture. As individuals we can be magnanimous or guilt-stricken, according to our inclination. But as a society we have this amazing capacity for self-deception. For more than a century we smugly believed that this country was a model of racial harmony, that we were one people. Māori radicalism has put an end to that particular delusion, and we are now in the process of putting down new layers of hypocrisy.”
The Tyranny of the Clock
Written by George Woodcock
Redesigned by George Naylor
George Woodcock was a Canadian writer of political biography and history, an anarchist thinker, an essayist and literary critic. The Tyranny of the Clock was first published in 1944. It describes how the introduction of clocks and recorded, measurable time during the industrial revolution created new forms of social discipline and distress amongst everyday citizens, particularly those of the working class.
Woodcock argues that the widespread use of clocks transformed previously-unmarked time into measured hours, minutes and seconds - which in turn hold market value. Woodcock’s writing has remained deeply relevant to our contemporary world, where the expansion of mobile media like laptops and smartphones have led to leisure time being less clearly demarcated and increasingly commodified.
Photos from the launch of Volume Two, taken by Kristine Garay.
The Freedom Shop
The Freedom Shop is an anarchist bookshop and info-centre which distributes books and information, based in Wellington. Formed in 1995, it operates on a non profit basis, injecting any income back into the project. The shop has been based in different locations and mainly sells books on anarchism, feminism, indigenous rights, ecology and a range of activist issues. It also carries patches, badges, clothing and music.
The Freedom Shop currently resides in a corner of the Newtown Opportunity for Animals Op-Shop at 162 Riddiford St, Newtown.
Their hours are irregular, but are always open on Saturdays, from 11 - 4pm.