Sunday, 13 December 2020

Sweet Release pop up stall

We are having a one-day-only pop up stall at Sweet Release on:

Saturday the 19th of December 10am - 4pm.

Stock up on Christmas reading and gifting, then get some good vegan kai.

Our stock will include:
- Books: anarchy, anti-racism, decolonisation, radical histories, radical futures, climate action, veganism, you name it.
- 'Plan B' 2021 diaries
- Zines! So many radical zines
- Badges and patches
- Tote Bags


Tuesday, 8 December 2020

SUMMER BLESSING: Creative Workshops and Market

Wellington Zinefest presents Summer Blessing: a full day of creativity to manifest a season of inspiration and abundance.

Summer Blessing is our last event of the year, a pagan / solstice / folk-themed day of workshops and a zine market.

Come along from 10am to take part in our creation stations. You can learn to press flowers, make badges, screen print and harness the power of the sun with cyanotype. These sessions are low key, no reservations and they’ll be running simultaneously.

At 1.00 as the sun is high we will have a small market where you can swap and buy zines, art and spells from local zine makers, get your image in ink from Arden and pull a card or two.
Our market runs until 5.

We welcome you with open sketchbooks and invite you to bring your best energy as we respectfully nod to the celestial factors that keep our ball of dirt spinning.

Feel free to wear your special occasion robes and BYO drinks, runes, tarot cards and talismans.

Artwork by Darcy Woods.

Saturday, 12 December 2020 10am to 5pm

At the Newtown Community Hall, corner of Daniell St and Constable St, Newtown (note this is not the Newtown Community Centre on Rintoul St!).

The Freedom Shop will be running a screen printing workshop - We will have screens and a variety of pre-cut stencils, ready for printing. If you have an old shirt or bag you'd like to print on - bring it! Otherwise we'll have blank tote bags you can buy and print on for cheap. Hands on workshop - stop by whenever you can and try screen printing.

Kid-friendly and fun!

Monday, 23 November 2020

Radical Zine Series - Volume 1 Launch

Help celebrate and launch the first four Radical Zines re-designed and re-purposed in a collaboration between Wellington Zinefest and the Freedom Shop.

When: Thursday, 10 December at 6pm

Where: at the Freedom Shop - in Opportunities for Animals, 162 Riddiford St, Newtown

We selected classic zines from our archives for a creative reimagining. With the help of donors from a Boosted campaign, four local illustrators were commissioned to reimagine these relatively simple, text-heavy zines into fully illustrated beautiful works!

The radical zine redesign project has helped make the important ideas within these zines even more accessible. We'll be selling the redesigned texts and cheaply as possible so that we can share their learnings with as many people as possible.

The four zines are:
  • Are We All New Zealanders Now? by Dr Ani Mikaere, redesigned by Izzy Joy
  • "The Problem With White Saviours" by Simone Kaho, redesigned by Kata Brown
  • Rongoā by Emily Tuhi-Ao Bailey, redesigned by Jamie Terekia
  • The Tyranny of The Clock by George Woodcock, redesigned by George Naylor
On the night, we'll have the zines available for sale.

These four zines are the first volume in this series, but there will be a second round, too! On the evening we'll announce the next four zines to be re-designed, and together with ZineFest we'll be seeking more illustrators and designers to help bring to life to more classic and new zines.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Plan B Diaries 2021

The Plan B diaries for 2021 are here! For the third year, the Freedom Shop has produced a diary highlighting dates of Aotearoa's radical (or ignored) history. 

Get yours from the shop or at Zinefest this weekend for $10 (the Freedom Shop will be there on Sunday). If you can't make it in person, send us an email and we will post one to you.

We also have a range of new tote bags for $7.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Zinefest 2020

This year's Zinefest is slightly earlier than normal - it's on the weekend of 10-11 October, 12-4pm with and accesibility hour from 11 to 12 on both days, and this time it is at the Vic Uni School of Design at 139 Vivian St. The Freedom Shop will have a stall on Sunday, 11 Oct. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

David Graeber

2020 has been full of death and grief, and one more person has died. In the first week of September, David Graeber, anarchist, author, activist, anthropologist and historian, died suddenly. 

Graeber's books included: Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, which first started off as an article in Strike! Magazine, Debt: The First 5000 Years, and Direct Action: An Ethnography, plus The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy. He was also one of the editors of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations, Collective Transformation. Just one quick online search reveals so many journals and articles by Graeber, inlcuding in Rolling Thunder The Shock of Victory: An Analysis of Our Unclaimed Triumphs - there are also books due to be published later this year, including one co-written with his partner 'What are Kings'. 


“Debt is the most efficient means ever created to take relations that are fundamentally based on violence and violent inequality and make them seem right and proper.”

"The ruling class has figured out that a happy and productive population with free time on their hands is a mortal danger."  


"Neoliberalism isn't an economic program - it's a political program designed to produce hopelessness and kill any future alternatives."


" our society, there seems a general rule that, the more obviously one's work benefits other people, the less one is likely to be paid for it. Again, an objective measure is hard to find, but one easy way to get a sense is to ask: what would happen were this entire class of people to simply disappear? Say what you like about nurses, garbage collectors, or mechanics, it's obvious that were they to vanish in a puff of smoke, the results would be immediate and catastrophic."


At the Freedom Shop we still have Possibilities ($32), Revolutions in Reverse ($25) and Constituent Imagination ($31) but a lot of his work can be found online, check out the Anarchist Library, Libcom and especially his own website: 


David Graeber - "Are You an Anarchist?"

Thursday, 3 September 2020

Cinema Golondrina presents: Soy Cuba

The Choclo Collective, a group of Latin American artists, film makers and other creative people, will be hosting a series of film and discussion evenings named Cinema Golondrina. There will also be art work on display and the Freedom Shop will have a stall.
The first film is “Soy Cuba” (I am Cuba), which is described as “a whirling, feverish dance through both the sensuous decadence of Batista's Havana and the grinding poverty and oppression of the Cuban people”. You can watch the trailer here.

Sunday, 6 September, 5pm at the Newtown Community Centre, Rintoul St.

This will be followed by two more films at the same time and location:
13 September: The Hour of Furnaces (Argentina 1966-1968)
20 September: When Two Worlds Collide (Peru 2006-2011)

Saturday, 29 August 2020

New books have arrived

Our latest book order has arrived. Apart from a view classics like Franz Fanon's Wretched of the Earth and texts that are relevant to the BLM movement, we also have more from local publishers Bridget Williams Books and Little Island Press. Here are a few titles. 



Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Radical Zine Redesign

Zinefest and the Freedom Shop have teamed up to redesign a few of our zines. We are looking for designers, artists and illustrators to spruce up some text-heavy zines. And the best thing is that this work is even funded. 

Check out the details of the project here.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Welligton Zinefest ZINE 101

Our friends at Wellington Zinefest have created this awesome ZINE 101 online course to encourage people to get involved in zine making. Check it out here, especially the course by Kathleen Winter about political zines.

There is also a "Newbies Market" where new and emerging zine makers can show off their works. It runs on Sunday, 19 July, 12-4pm at the Vic Uni School of Design Innovation, 139 Vivian St. 

Saturday, 4 July 2020

aargh! Issue 12 is out

We had this issue almost ready to go back in March - and then COVID happened and half our articles were obsolete. So here it is now, only slightly out of date because APEC was moved to be an online conference just after we printed it.
Get your copy at the shop, contact us if you want one sent by post or download the PDF here.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020


The Freedom Shop will be contributing stuff to this BLM fundraiser on Saturday, 27 June 2020, from 4:30 pm at the Newtown Sportsbar. All proceeds go to for People Against Prisons Aotearoa and The Homeless Trans Black Women Fund in the USA.

Nau mai, Haere Mai! 
Come to Newtown Sports Bar to show solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement around the world, see some bands, buy some cool stuff and help donate much needed CA$H to People Against Prisons Aotearoa and The Homeless Trans Black Women Fund in the USA.

Market and BBQ start at 4.30pm: Perfect to grab some cheap shit like records, clothes, art and books donated by the community and eat some kai! All money will be going to the charities above.

Bands at 6.30pm:

Plus the DJ stylings of:

There will also be a raffle! With prizes from:

$10 on the door

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Radical Zine Production

We're working with Wellington Zinefest to support local artists and radical writers to produce some beautiful zines. This is the time for critical and hopeful, radical thinking. If you can chip in to help us pay artists for their mahi at a time when it's REALLY needed -- please check out our boosted campaign:

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Black Lives Matter

The fightback that erupted in the usa after the murder of George Floyd didn't just come from nowhere. There had been resistance before and there had been many, many deaths before. One of these deaths was in 2012 when Trayvon Martin was killed, it was after the acquittal of his murderer that #BlackLivesMatter came into being.

The usa has never been the ‘land of the free’ or the democracy it ever claimed to be; the usa is founded on slavery and genocide of First Nation peoples. It is a settler colonial nation & a hyper-consumer capitalist country based on super inequality and racism.
Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Ferguson, Palestine, and
the Foundations of a Movement

The fightback that erupted after the killing of George Floyd is a response to the dehumanisation of people. It is a reaction to the violence of capitalism.

Killing Trayvons:
An Anthology of American Violence

BlackLife Post-BLM
and the Struggle for Freedom

We Want Freedom
A Life in the Black Panther Party

Writing on the Wall:
Selected Prison Writings
of Mumia Abu-Jamal

500 Years
of Indigenous Resistance

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Barry Pateman & anarchism: "If you think you've got the answers, you're wrong"

The Final Straw Radio chatted with Barry Pateman on 26 April this year in an episode called 'Barry Pateman on Anarchist History and Challenges'.

It's a rich and glorious discussion where Barry talks about 'what does it mean to be an anarchist in a capitalist world?', how 'to beat weaselly capitalism' in the world we live in and how we need to communicate. It's a highly-recommended must listen that talks about being an anarchist, communication and communities, class and bolshevism and the joy and frustration of being an anarchist in a capitalist world.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Think Carefully About Any COVID-19 Tracing App

Below is an article from anti-surverillance group OASIS on the upcoming tracing app(s):

The fear of COVID-19 is viral. That play on our fear means that we may be rushing to introduce surveillance apps that we will later regret.

As one of the tools to fight COVID-19 the NZ government has promised that there will be a contact tracing app available by mid-May. The first iteration they have said, will be in the form of an on-line sign-up form, and could be out by 11th May.

But there has been minimal discussion about the pros and cons of COVID-19 apps. Rather, our fear of the virus and its effect on our world has meant that most people are unquestioningly accepting the necessity of using apps to keep the spread of the virus under control.

However, we need to break away from the fear factor and consider the long-term societal results of any COVID-19 apps. We need to consider possible consequences weighed up against any benefits. We need to not only question the short-term need for contact tracing but think of their long-term use and effect. We need to look at what we are being asked to give up.

Decisions made today about any tracing or tracking apps will have huge implications for our futures.

Read more here.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

We’re 25!

Twenty-five years ago, on May 1, 1995 members of the anarchist group Committee for the Establishment of Civilisation (CEC) started up Anarchist Books in the existing space of the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), called the Freedom Shop in a tiny building at 272 Cuba St.
The Freedom Shop in 1995

A lot has changed since then – the building made way for the ill-named “bypass”, the Cuba St district was thoroughly gentrified, the Freedom Shop is now in Newtown and the future of printed material is uncertain.

Sunday, 19 April 2020


By Peppertree

If the fight against the virus was a football game, we would find ourselves in the typical first 15 to 20 minutes. There are two typical strategies for that phase. One is to throw everything forward to score an early goal in order to demoralise the opposition and provide a buffer to take a breather. The other is to not do anything spectacular, but to focus on a solid defence, check out the opposition’s weaknesses and to build up the game.

NZ has chosen the first strategy and it seems that the early goal has been scored. New infection numbers have dropped to mostly single digits and the number of fatalities is very low, although still increasing. But now the big question is what to do next. Just like the full-on attack mode in football can’t be kept up beyond 20 minutes, the level of lockdown we have can’t be sustained much longer.

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Small revolutions

"I stopped by Commonsense Organics on the way home and a woman in the queue - desperate for a conversation with someone other than her husband - started chatting from 2 metres away. At one point she leaned in and said 'You know, I'm not even wearing a bra. Because no one cares anymore.' Small revolutions happening every day."

Friday, 10 April 2020

COVID19 - We’re not all in this together

By Peppertree

There is plenty of writing out there that stresses how the COVID19 pandemic is different from other disasters because “it affects everyone”. Even on the left, people are writing about how the compliance with lockdown is an example of what we can achieve if we all pull together and put human life before profit. They then build a picture of how this crisis can lead to a revolution of sorts that results in a different economic system that doesn’t leave people in poverty and the planet in ruins.

That is a nice thought but unfortunately it’s based on a lie, just like any other time when the privileged claim that “we’re all in this together”.

Because we’re not. For some, mainly middle class white people like myself, the virus threat and the lockdown has been an inconvenience. I still have my job, I have a home that I can work from, I have access to communications technology that allows me to stay in touch with friends and family. I am reasonably healthy and am not reliant on help from others to get through my day. Yes, not being able to see people who are close to me sucks and I hate standing in the queue at the supermarket. But that’s pretty much it.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

The future?

We usually leave the crystal ball gazing to our resident astrologer, but extraordinary times call for extaordinary measures. Here is prediction of what will happen by another member of the collective who says "I'm cautious about making predictions while everything is in a state of flux, but this is almost certainly what is going to happen". If you have a better prediction, send it to us at

Probable timeline
May 2020 – Lockdown extended. Ardern condemns panic buying and praises mutual aid groups for keeping communities functioning.

June 2020 – Ardern condemns mutual aid groups and issues plea for people to panic buy in order to keep businesses afloat.

August 2020 – Economy collapses.

September 2020 – Wave of collectivisations sweeps country as businesses fail.

January 2021 – Financial Times newspaper changes name to 'Mutual Aid Times'.

August 2021 – NZ military called out, but return to barracks saying people were being mean to them.

November 2021 – Massive environmental recovery as industry and farming decentralised. Dolphins sighted in Waikato River.

December 2021 – Hamilton man killed and eaten by dolphins in Waikato River.

March 2022 – Remaining capitalist enterprises demand government support and are referred to the Historic Places Trust.

April 2022 – Ardern's re-election campaign founders on small turnout and emergence of footage showing the PM shooting a yeti with a machine gun while on a family holiday in Nepal. Winston Peters becomes Prime Minister, according to report on page 19 of 'Teen Vogue'.

September 2023 – Unicorns discovered on remote Indian Ocean island. They have rainbow manes and tails and are highly tolerant and accepting of non-unicorns.

December 2023 – Simon Bridges and James Shaw referred to mandatory community gardening work after a punch-up when both attend a 'Fridays for Getting Government Back' vigil on the former parliament lawn, now a wheat field.

April 2027 – Calls for more history teaching in community skill shares after survey reveals 62% of teenagers don't know New Zealand once had a government.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Reading for the COVID-19nz Lockdown

Why Reject the Treaty
When the lockdown is lifted, do you want the focus to be on building roads or would it be better to start building homes? Build a quality healthcare system? Abolish prisons? Kick capitalism into the gutter?
The Shop is shut but here are some zines to help you plot and plan your way through the lockdown and envisage the communities that can come after the lockdown.

The Myth of Passivity by Toby Boraman
Prison Abolition

Annette Sykes 2010 Bruce Memorial Lecture
Anarchy by Sam Buchanan
Are We All NZers Now by Ani Mikaere

Friday, 27 March 2020

Surviving home detention - the great lockdown

Obviously the Freedom Shop is closed now while we are in lockdown. For prisoners and people in home detention, being separated from friends and family and having your movements curtailed is quite normal. 

While we can't sell you books right now, you can download e-books from our comrades at AK Press - they're having a sale at the moment.

We're working on putting some of our zines and pamphlets online soon.

See you on the barricades - but 2 metres apart please!

Monday, 2 March 2020

Tote bags and t-shirts for Newtown Fair

Just in time for the Newtown Fair on Sunday, 8 March, we've printed a whole pile of tote bags and t-shirts - some new designs and some old favourites:

So come and check us out at Oppertunity For Animals on Sunday, all day, (We'll also be open 11-4 on Saturday)

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Palmy Zinefest this Saturday

This Saturday, 15 February, you will be able to find the Freedom Shop at the Palmerston North Zinefest.

It's at Snails Artist Run Spaces on 103 Taonui Street and we'll be there from 11am till 4pm.
For mor info see

Sunday, 2 February 2020

APEC 2021 – Haere atu!

APEC 2021 is coming with the first official meetings beginning in December 2020 in Wellington. But in the lead-up to that there's the APEC 2021 Bill going through parliament with submissions due 12th February. This law is being passed to allow extreme security and surveillance from 1 July 2020 until 21 November 2021. Many local groups are calling for submissions to oppose the Bill, Auckland Peace Action has information on how do a submission.

APEC's goal is global free market and trade liberalisation. It emerged in 1989 in the Asia-Pacific region after major trade blocks were established in Europe and North America. During the APEC 1999 summit in Auckland it was described as 'white knights of colonisation'.

APEC's aim is profit at the expense of people and the environment.
  •     APEC’s agenda worsens poverty and climate change
  •     APEC’s agenda enables massive corporate sell-offs of land and resources
  •     APEC increases the ease with which transnational corporations can exploit resources and open mining up
  •     APEC listens and responds to corporate interests, not to the needs of workers, farmers, and indigenous people
  •     APEC costs millions to host: money that could go to our communities in need of housing, health care and social services
  •     APEC means welcoming warmongers, mass murderers, human rights abusers and corporate criminals to New Zealand
We've put together a little pamphlet with information about APEC, including from Communalism Aotearoa about the APEC Bill and a timeline.

Have a read of APEC 2021 Haere Atu!

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Zines from UK

We've just received a range of anarchist and punkish zines from the UK: