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Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 19 Tory Street, Wellington.

Local, national, and international speakers! Books, books and more books! A week of anarchist fun, make your plans now! More information coming soon!

If you are interested in booking a table or organising  an event please get in touch, wellingtonanarchistbookfair at gmail dot com.

The website is here:


From the official website: c.l.i.t.fest is a (trans* and cis) women centered, DIY feminist festival which is open to people of all genders. Its about getting different minority groups and our allies together and understanding each others stuff, so we can work together, play together, and support each other. We will be having a variety of panel discussions, some presentations and workshops, as well as a huge gig with some hella rad bands and DJs on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd of June 2013 in The Wellington CBD/Te Aro, Aotearoa.

We are against gendered discrimination, against misogyny, against racism and against all oppressions. We are here to Combat Latent Inequalities Together!!!!


Clitfest is being held in Te-Whanganui-A-Tara, Aotearoa/ Wellington New Zealand this June 1st, 2nd, 3rd. There will be (limited) accommodation available for weekend attendees from friday May 31st at 128 (sleeps about 25, please let us know on your registration form if you need a place to crash). Check out the VENUES page for more info.

  • All venues are wheelchair accessible
  • Childcare subsidies will be available (we are working on providing childcare too, let us know what you need on your registration form)
  • Meals provided (let us know on your registration form if you have particular food requirements)
  • 10-15 mins walk (along Vivian st is easiest) between The Irish hall and 128, Bodega is between the two venues, 2mins from 128 on Ghuznee st.

The BOX Collective are collaborating on the official c.l.i.t.fest gig, at Bar Bodega, including 7 bands (both local and AKL and even one from the UK!) and two DJs and a skit about nonverbal consent. Check out the gig page for details.

The c.l.i.t.fest weekend sessions/talks will cost $10-$30 for the whole lot, as you can afford, and the gig will be priced seperately at $10 unwaged, or $15 waged.

We are fundraising for Trans* Body Reclamation Project to improve accessibility at the 128 Radical Social and Resource Centre, so if you can afford to give more please do. We really appreciate your generosity! Including all the skills, time, energy, and insights y’all bring.
The robust korero, personal experiences and willingness to share our vulnerabilities as well as our strengths is what makes a hui eh, so thank you all heaps for being so fucking awesome.

Nga mihi,
c.l.i.t.fest crew

Ps, remember to familiarise yourself with our safer spaces policy, theres one on this site and our c.l.i.t.fest specific one will be printed in the programme so empower yourself by having a read ❤


Join us on Friday June 20th at 7pm to watch An Injury To One, screening at the Peoples Cinema, Wellington (57 Manners St).

AN INJURY TO ONE provides an absolutely compelling glimpse of a particularly volatile moment in early 20th century American labor history and the effects of mining on the community of Butte, Montana.

The Anaconda mine in Butte has become the largest environmental disaster site in the United States. It’s open pit is a cocktail of contaminated materials: a century after the era of intensive mining and smelting the area around the city remains an environmental issue. Arsenic and heavy metals such as lead are found in high concentrations in some spots affected by old mining, and for a period of time in the 1990s the tap water was unsafe to drink due to poor filtration and decades-old wooden supply pipes. AN INJURY TO ONE looks at this disaster through it’s history of labour struggle — the mysterious death of Wobbly organizer Frank Little and the Speculator Fire of 1917. Much of the extant evidence is inscribed upon the landscape of Butte and its surroundings. Thus, a connection is drawn between the unsolved murder of Little, and the attempted murder of the town by a company in search of profit.

Archival footage mixes with deftly deployed intertitles, while the lyrics to traditional mining songs are accompanied by music from Bonnie Prince Billy, Jim O’Rourke, The Dirty Three and Low, producing an appropriately moody, effulgent, and strangely out-of-time soundtrack. The result is a unique film/video hybrid that combines painterly images, incisive writing, and a bold graphic sensibility to produce an articulate example of the aesthetic and political possibilities offered by filmmaking in the digital age.

“An astonishing document: part art and part speculative inquiry, buzzing with ambition and dedication. Takes us from the 19th century to the eve of the 21st, from Butte as land of frontier promise to Butte as land of death and environmental destruction. Travis wields avant-garde graphics and archival ephemera like a lasso, and his shots of modern-day Butte are allusive still-lifes that defy time and place. This is stirring, must-see stuff.“— Austin Chronicle

Entry is Koha!


Jared Davidson, AK Press, and the Museum of Wellington City & Sea invite you to the launch of Sewing Freedom, a new book on early anarchism and labour history in New Zealand.

Sewing Freedom works on several levels. It is a meticulous biography, a portrait of an era, a sophisticated discussion of anarchist philosophy and activism, and an evocation of radical lives and ideas in their context. Davidson has designed a fresh, crisp book with visual impact, nicely enhanced by Alec Icky Dunn’s wonderful sketches… This beautifully-executed book tells an important story in New Zealand’s political history.” – Chris Brickell, Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Otago University and author of Mates and Lovers


Sewing Freedom is the first in-depth study of anarchism in New Zealand during the turbulent years of the early 20th century—a time of wildcat strikes, industrial warfare and a radical working class counter-culture. Interweaving biography, cultural history and an array of archival sources, this engaging account unravels the anarchist-cum-bomber stereotype by piecing together the life of Philip Josephs—a Latvian-born Jewish tailor, anti-militarist and founder of the Wellington Freedom Group. Anarchists like Josephs not only existed in the ‘Workingman’s Paradise’ that was New Zealand, but were a lively part of its labour movement and the class struggle that swept through the country, imparting uncredited influence and ideas. Sewing Freedom places this neglected movement within the global anarchist upsurge, and unearths the colourful activities of New Zealand’s most radical advocates for social and economic change.

More information on the book, a sampler, and reviews, can be found at


WHEN: Wednesday 15 May – 5.30PM

WHERE: The Boardroom, Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Queens Wharf, Jervois Quay

Books will be on sale for $15 cash on the night.

Free entry. Nibbles and drinks provided.


Jared Davidson is an archivist at Archives New Zealand, a member of the Labour History Project, and author of Sewing Freedom. His first book, Remains to be Seen: Tracing Joe Hill’s Ashes in New Zealand, was published in 2011.

Barry Pateman is an anarchist historian, Kate Sharpley Library archivist, and Associate Editor of The Emma Goldman Papers (USA). A prolific editor and writer, he has been involved in a number of projects and publications, including Chomsky on Anarchism, A History of the French Anarchist Movement, Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years, and Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America.

Mark Derby is the Chair of the Labour History Project and an extensively-published writer and historian, having worked for the Waitangi Tribunal; the PSA; Te Ara, the online encyclopedia of New Zealand; and as South Pacific correspondent for Journal Expresso, Portugal’s leading newspaper. His books include The Prophet and the Policeman: The story of Rua Kenana and John Cullen, and Kiwi Companeros, on New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War.


Those of you who live in, or happen next week to be in, Wellington  may be interested in the following public talk by Les Kennedy, a British labour historian.

Les Kennedy is a Labour Historian from the UK. He will give a talk on Wednesday 6 March at 6.30 in the Mezzanine room at the City Library, Victoria Street.

Although he is very knowledgeable about the Tolpuddle Martrys, the focus of his talk will be the Chartist Movement.

Les Kennedy has been a life-long trade unionist, his membership of NASUWT, the largest teachers’ trade union in the UK goes back over 37 years and in that time he has been a school representative, local negotiating secretary, national executive member and regional organiser.

 He has also worked for the Trades Union Congress where he was responsible for setting up an adult learning centre in Cornwall.
 He taught history to 11 to 18 year olds in a state secondary school for 30 years and has also taught adult evening classes. For the last four years he has organised the Radical History school for the TUC at the annual Tolpuddle Festival where he has delivered a number of talks.  He has also talked across the UK and most recently at the Workers’ Fest in Hobart, Tasmania.

Les is now retired and lives in Cornwall with his wife Rosemarie and he actively pursues a keen interest in trade union matters.

The details of the meeting are:

6.30pm to 7.30pm
Wednesday 6 March
Mezzanine Floor meeting room
Wellington Public Library
Victoria Street

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