Interview with Save 198 Free Youth Health Centre campaigner

April 10, 2010

In Christchurch, the 198 Free Youth Health Centre is set to close its doors on April 30th. Over 4000 10-25 year olds are registered with the service as their primary doctor, while in 2009 nearly 15,000 people walked through the doors to make use of the free GP, counselling, family planning, sexual health, alcohol and drug services and more. The centre, which has been operating for 15 years, has been an indispensable tool in ensuring the health of many of Christchurch’s young people. 198 has received comments from many of its patients to the effect that if it had not existed, they would not have sought help anywhere else. This sobering thought only further underlines how important it is that 198, and other services like it, find the funding it needs to ensure its survival.

Below is a video interview with Cody, one of the youth involved in the campaign to save 198. If you don’t see the video, click here to watch it on Youtube.

Video of Barry Pateman talk in Wellington

December 18, 2009

A talk by veteran anarchist Barry Pateman on class, community and anarchism. Barry, originally from the UK but now based in the USA, is one of the editors of the Emma Goldman Papers project and a curator of the Kate Sharpley Library (one of the largest anarchist libraries in the world). He is also editor of the book Chomsky on Anarchism, published by AK Press.

The talk was organised by the Wellington Region branch of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement, and took place on Sunday May 24th, 2009 at the 128 Radical Community Centre in Wellington, New Zealand.

It is a total of 43 minutes, split into 5 parts on YouTube.

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Interview with 2 Zeal 320 workers

May 11, 2009

The first of two videos from the last 4 days of industrial action by Zeal 320 workers. The workers, flight attendants on trans-Tasman and Pacific routes for Air New Zealand, were locked out from Thursday – Sunday. Pickets were held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

For more information about the Zeal workers fight for better wages and conditions, see the EPMU website.

Also worth checking out is the Facebook supporters group (with close to 1000 members), and Zealgirl’s Blog, written by one of the locked out workers, which gives a personalised perspective on their struggle.

If you can’t see the embedded video below, check it out on YouTube.

Rembrandt Suits picket in Wellington

December 7, 2008

Workers from Rembrandt Suits held a picket on Saturday 6th December outside the Kirkaldie & Stains department store in central Wellington after receiving a pitiful offer from Rembrandt bosses.

The workers, skilled and experienced machinists (one of whom has worked for the company for 20 years) are currently on the minimum wage and are asking for $13.50 / hour. They have been offered only a 24 cent increase, which would take them to $12.24. Most of the workers require Government subsidies just to survive.

Recently, almost half the workforce at Rembrandt were made redundant (some “voluntary”, some not), meaning those workers left will be required to absorb much of the work once done by those colleagues.

The workers are unionised by the National Distribution Union (NDU), who are asking supporters to contact Rembrandt Managing Director David Lyford to tell him to stop being such a miser. You can reach him at (04) 567 4820 or on lyfordD (at)

If you can’t see the embedded video, click here.



Video from Stop The Raids protest in Otautahi / Christchurch

February 23, 2008

A short (4 mins 25 secs) video from today’s protest in Otautahi / Christchurch in solidarity with those arrested on October 15th 2007 & February 19th 2007.

If you can’t see the embedded video, click here to watch it on YouTube.

Film by Anarchia Films –

For more info, see

Otautahi Solidarity video edit

November 20, 2007

On October 15th, the NZ Police raided homes around the country, arresting Maori and Pakeha and claiming that there was a terrorist conspiracy. This film looks at two demonstrations in solidarity with the arrestees held in Otautahi/Christchurch. While all prisoners are now on bail, and no terror charges will be laid, they still face arms charges and need solidarity as much as ever!

For more info, see,, and

Filming and editing by me, music by the wonderful Olmecha Supreme.

If you can’t see the embedded video, click here to view.

Our World Is Not For Sale protest video

October 3, 2007

If you don’t see the embedded video below, click here.

Aotearoa Indymedia Newsreal 1 coming soon!

September 27, 2007

A feature I just wrote (and a film I just made) for Aotearoa Indymedia:

Aotearoa Indymedia Newsreal 1 coming soon!

The first ever Aotearoa Indymedia Newsreal is coming soon! A DVD full of local short films by Aotearoa activists telling their stories and reporting their news.

A short promotional video has been produced to publicise the impending release of the Newsreal, which you can check out by clicking this link.

Films included on the DVD include:

  • The Nu Face of Youth Rebellion, on the 2006 uprising in Tonga
  • Save Happy Valley, which explains the campaign to stop a proposed West Coast coal mine
  • Open Rescue, detailing the activities of the Open Rescue Collective
  • Youth Voices, a look into youth activism in Auckland
  • Stop The Weapons Conference 2005, a film about the Aotearoa Revolutionary Clown Army’s protest against the 2005 NZDIA conference
  • And many more!

If you’ve got a film you’d like included in the Newsreal, it’s not too late! Simply post a comment here, or email anarchiazine [at] gmail [dot] com

If you can’t see the embedded video below, then use this link.

Happy Valley train blockaders in court

September 17, 2007

In late April 2007, two Save Happy Valley activists locked on to train tracks in Christchurch to stop a coal train from reaching Lytellton Port. After several hours, they were removed and arrested, and a third activist was also arrested and charged with “communicating with a prisoner”.

On Friday September 14th they appeared in court, and this is what happened. If you can’t see the embedded video below, click here. Hi-res version coming soon.

For more info, see

3 short vids from the US-NZ Partnership Forum protests

September 14, 2007

Below are links to three short videos from the US-NZ Partnership Forum protest on Monday September 10th. Links to Hi-Res versions of these clips will be added tomorrow.

I will also be putting out a longer edited video on the protest soon, probably on Sunday, which I’ll post here. Sorry these 3 clips took so long to get online – the first time they were uploaded they didn’t work (there was audio but no video) and this is the first chance I’ve had since then.

If you can’t see the embedded videos, then use the links :)

Video 1: A banner held at the entrance to the Hilton (the Forum venue) in the morning.

Video 2: A clip from the march down to the Hilton from Aotea Square, with a flare burning.

Video 3: Two protesters getting arrested near the end of the demonstration. A third was arrested shortly afterwards.

And a feature on the protests I helped write from Aotearoa Indymedia:

Actions in Auckland against NZ-US Partnership Forum

Around 100 people marched down Queen Street to the Hilton Hotel to protest against the NZ-US Partnership Forum. The forum, which brings together representatives of the two governments as well as from major US and NZ corporations to work on tightening the economic and political links between the two nations, was moved in the last minute from the Auckland Museum to the Hilton Hotel.

The protests had begun earlier in the day with a picket at the road corner by approximately 20 people, during the time Prime Minister Helen Clark arrived at the forum. The main march began at Aotea Square at 12 noon, with protesters taking the street, setting off flares and chanting all the way to the Hilton. Upon arrival at the Forum venue, a stand-off began with the police. After a short period, a scuffle erupted when the police attempted to open one lane to allow vehicles to enter and exit the area, an attempt which succeeded despite some resistance from a number of people. Some time later the police made a decision to open the remaining lane and force the protesters onto the footpath behind plastic barriers. In the ensuing altercation, three people were arrested and several injured.

The protests highlighted a number of issues. Our World Is Not For Sale spokesperson Ryan Bodman stated that the results of a free trade agreement between the US and Australia have included “the degradation of environmental protection, particularly in relation to genetic engineering of food, the degredation of quarantine laws, an economic nightmare for small farmers and businesses, a huge increase in australia’s trade defecit with the us, reduced access to affordable Australian pharmaceuticals and threats to australian manufacturing jobs.” The same results and others can be expected if an NZ/US agreement is signed.

Links: Our World Is Not For Sale campaign | Protest Timeline | Our World Is Not For Sale Press Release | Pre-Protest Feature | Pre-Protest police repression | Protest Reports: 1 | 2 | 3

Images : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Video : 1 | 2


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