Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Aargh Number 4 is online

The fourth edition of the Aotearoa Anarchist Review, titled ‘WAR’ can be downloaded here.

It contains a bunch of articles, poems and a cartoon on, surprise, various wars - past, present and future - as well as advice on how to stay sane in a capitalist world, a piece on surveillance overload and other stuff. If you would like a printed copy, send us an email.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Happy 20th!

The Freedom Shop’s 20th birthday party was appropriately opened by the ceremonial smashing of a TV.

Inside Thistle Hall there was a timeline of the history of the shop with many historic photos. A zine making workshop lasted the whole afternoon, a patch making workshop was held and visitors enjoyed having a go at ‘pinning the lie on John Key’ (over 200 lies were available to chose from). And of course plenty of radical books, zines, patches and CDs were on sale.

Freedom Shoppers who had started the original shop (which was right across the road from Thistle Hall at 272 Cuba St – now the bypass) told yarns about the early days of the shop and an interesting discussion was had around the future of radical publishing (watch this space).

In the evening we enjoyed music by Dick Whyte, Dead Vicious, Awkward Death and The Four Stars until late.

Thanks to the many people who contributed and helped make the event happen! For those who missed it, stay tuned for our 50th.

On the meantime, you can read up on the history of the shop here, and if you would like to get involved, contact us at

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Freedom Shop Birthday - 20 years old

On the 1st of May 2015, the Freedom Shop in Wellington turned 20! And on Saturday 9th May we will celebrate.

We think that lasting 20 years is no small achievement for an anarchist collective and we are celebrating this anniversary by having an exhibition and a day of events at the Thistle Hall, right across the road from where the shop started on 20 years ago in 1995.

9 May 2015, midday till midnight

Thistle Hall, corner Cuba and Arthur Streets, Wellington.

  • 12 noon: Opening of the exhibition, followed by food.
  • 1 pm: The Freedom Shop history, a discussion about the history of the shop and a chance for current and past members of the Collective to reminisce.
  • 3 pm: The future of radical publishing. Come and join a chat about how we can ensure radical books and literature will continue to be available.
  • 5 pm: What is anarchism? What does it mean to say you are an anarchist? What do we think anarchy is? Come along and join a discussion about anarchism. Food will be available around this time also.
  • 9 pm: Music, including Dead Vicious, Awkward Death and the Four Stars.
- All afternoon - zine-making and patch-making workshops.

- Food -  will be available after the opening and also after the 5pm discussion.

- The Exhibition, books, zines and music will be open from 12.

See you there!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Remember the Peacemakers

Thistle Hall, as part of the 'Remember the Peacemakers' exhibition are also hosting a library 'Between the Lines'.
Remember the Peacemakers, and the library, runs from the 21 April - 2 May at Thistle Hall. 
Freedom Shop and Revolting Books, an anarchist library located at 128 Abel Smith St, have both loaned books and zines from their collections for the two weeks that Remember the Peacemakers runs. 
Check out the programme for Remember the Peacemakers here 
Thistle Hall is located on the corner of Cuba & Karo Drive

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Help AK Press

AK Press are dealing with the aftermath of a significant fire which swept through the warehouse they share with 1984 Printing and over 30 residents. Two people were killed in the fire, others have lost their homes and belongings - AK Press is appealing for donations to spread between between themselves and others affected by the fire.

Details are at:

The direct link to the fundraising page is:

Please help!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Book catalogue now online

Our current catalogue of books can now be downloaded in PDF format here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Books at the Freedom Shop

We have received a fresh load of books – here are some of them:

Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion
Ryan Conrad (Editor)

If you missed RyanConrad’s talk last weekend in Wellington (or the week before in Auckland), or if you want to read more about Against Equality – we have the book for $21.00.

If you can't get to the Shop, send us an email at and you can buy this book, or any other book or product that we stock, online.

The Administration of Fear 

Administration of Fear
Paul Virilio 
We are living under the administration of fear: fear has become an environment, an everyday landscape. There was a time when wars, famines, and epidemics were localized and limited by a certain timeframe. Today, it is the world itself that is limited, saturated, and manipulated, the world itself that seizes us and confines us with a stressful claustrophobia. Stock-market crises, undifferentiated terrorism, lightning pandemics, "professional" suicides.... Fear has become the world we live in.