Friday, 16 February 2018

Remember Reza Barati - Welcome Refugees

February 17th marks four years since Reza Barati was murdered in detention. Reza was a 23-year-old Iranian refugee seeking asylum but Australian border policy meant he was detained on Manus Island in an Australian run detention centre. On February 17, 2014, he was murdered.

For several weeks in early 2014, asylum seekers detained in the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre had been protesting against their treatment. They said that physical and verbal abuse by security guards (from Australian company G4S) was common place. Tensions rose when on 14 February, the refugees were told of Australia’s new policy to not allow anyone who had arrived by boat to settle in Australia.

On 17 February the camp was attacked and Reza Barati was murdered. An inquiry found he was hit with a piece of timber with a nail sticking out, before he was bashed with a large rock on his head. G4S security guards (who were there to guard the camp) participated in the attack.

On Manus and Nauru, another Australian off-shore detention centre, other asylum seekers have died, and people will continue to die and suffer until refugees are welcomed rather than detained.

The Freedom Shop does have some zines and leaflets about Manus, Nauru and Australia's border policy. We also have books about borders, asylum seekers and refugees and their struggles to seek asylum, including:


More Tales of Migration


The Architecture of Migrant Detention

Violent Borders

Refugees and the Right to Move

Undoing Border Imperialism


Thursday, 15 February 2018

New books have arrived

Here are some of the new books we've got.

Don't forget the Newtown Festival on Sunday, 4 March. The Freedom Shop will be open from 10am till about 5pm.

Anarchy Explained To My Father
Anarchy Explained to My Father is a provocative and accessible discussion of the revolutionary mode of thought that rejects all forms of domination and seeks, in the words of Louise Michel, "order through harmony."

Is China an Imperialist Country? Considerations and Evidence
This book brings together theoretical, definitional and logical considerations, as well as the extensive empirical evidence which is now available, to demonstrate that China has indeed definitely become a capitalist-imperialist country

Why Don't the Poor Rise Up? Organizing the Twenty-First Century Resistance
In the context of unparalleled global wealth disparity, ecological catastrophe, and myriad forms of structural oppression, this vibrant collection offers a reassessment of contemporary obstacles to mass mobilization, as well as examples from around the world of poor people overcoming those obstacles in inspiring and instructive new ways.

Be Your Own Backing Band
From Liz Prince, creator of Alone Forever, Tomboy, and Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?, comes a collection of comics about life through a punk-rock lens.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Just in – Huia books

We’ve just received a shipment of books from Huia Publishers, at special mid-year summer holiday prices.

Here’s a small selection:

The Struggle for Māori Fishing Rights: Te Ika a Māori
By Brian Bargh

This book claims that four pou or elements significantly assisted in the recognition and eventual recovery of Māori fishing rights: The Treaty of Waitangi; the courts; The Waitangi Tribunal and the resilience and tenacity of Māori people, who never gave up fighting for what was right.

Polynesian Panthers: Pacific Protest and Affirmative Action in Aotearoa NZ 1971-1981
By Melani Anae, Leilani Tamu, Lautofa Iuli

The Panthers organised prison visit programmes and sporting and debating teams for inmates; provided a halfway-house service for young men released from prison; ran homework centres; and offered ‘people’s loans’, legal aid and food banks that catered for 600 families at their height.

Māori and the Environment: Kaitiaki
By Rachael Selby, Pātaka Moore, Malcolm Mulholland

This collection of articles discusses the impact of changes in Aotearoa New Zealand's natural environment due to factors such as climate change, pollution and degradation of waterways and land, pest control and environmental management policy.

Colonising Myths: Māori Realities
By Ani Mikaere

This book brings together a series of papers by Ani Mikaere that reflect on the effect of Pākehā law, legal processes and teaching on Māori legal thought and practice

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Manus Refugee Crisis – pamphlet and poster available

The situation of the refugees who have been abandoned by Australia on Manus Island is getting worse by the day. They have been without food, water or medical supplies for 19 days now and many of them are acutely ill. On Saturday, the supposedly safe new camp in Lorengau was invaded by locals, armed with knives and machetes, who turned the electricity generator off.

We need to get them here now! The Freedom Shop has put together two resources that can help spread information and raise awareness.
A twelve-page A5 pamphlet titled “The Manus Refugee Crisis – the story so far” provides a bit of background on the Australian detention policy and the history of the Manus camp, before giving a day-by-day chronology of the events since the closure of the camps on 31 October.
Download the un-imposed (good for reading on a screen) version here and the imposed (good for printing) here.

The fold-up poster “Welcome Refugees” is a quick-read info sheet and call to action, on the back of a poster. There are two versions with different designs to download here and here (you will need to trim the edges a bit to be able to fold them).

Please download, print and spread (or forward the link). Talk to your friends about actions to take.

Jacinda Ardern’s timid offer to take 150 of them if Australia agrees is not enough. And her plan to spend $3m on making the new detention centre in Lorengau more humane is simply the wrong thing. The refugees want freedom, they don’t want a nicer prison. We need to #BringThemHere!

If you’re on Telegram, subscribe to the Manus Alert channel. Follow Peace Action Wellington and Auckland Peace Action on Twitter.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Wellington Zinefest this Saturday

It's that time of year again!

Wellington Zinefest is happening this Saturday, 18 November, 11am - 4pm at the Wellington High School Hall, 249 Taranaki Street and of course we will have a stall there.

There will be a collaborative DIY table at the market open to anyone who wants to contribute to Wellington Zinefest's collaborative zine for 2017. Pens, paper, glue, scissors and other making materials will be provided. Feel free to add a page or two of your original work to this zine!

See you there!

Saturday, 21 October 2017

2018 Planners - Slingshot, Bottled Wasp, Just Seeds & more

The Freedom Shop are ordering in calendars, diaries and planners for 2018. If you want one, let us know by 31 October - email us:

Slingshot Organiser
Slingshot Desk Planner
Slingshots come in a variety of colours and two different styles: the Slingshot Organiser (small-sized) and the Slingshot Desk Planner (large) The respective prices will probably be around NZ$12 & NZ$22.
Information about the Slingshot collective can be found here: 
The Bottled Wasp isn't out yet but is due to be released any day. It's the same size as the small Slingshot and is put out by Brighton ABC.

There's also Certain Days calendar, Just Seeds organiser and a Verso diary.
If you can let us know by end of October - and also ask around friends & whanau. We'll do an order November 1st.
email us:

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

aargh! Issue Eight is online

The (very late) latest edition of the Aotearoa Anarchist Review (of Genuine Happiness) is available as PDF.

  • On the rising popularity of walls
  • The commoditisation of bodies
  • How we run the world
  • Who to vote for - by your star sign
  • Book reviews
  • And more...