Thursday, 13 May 2021

Books by Airini Beautrais & Tusiata Avia

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Ockham book awards, especially Airini Beautrais (top fiction award for Bug Week & Other Stories), Tusiata Avia (top poetry award for The Savage Coloniser Book) and Jackson Niewland (best first book of poetry for I am a Human Being)!

We have Tusiata's and Airini's books (plus one of Airini's earlier books: Dear Neil Roberts) available in the Freedom Shop, Jackson's book is available at Food Court Books on Constable St. They deserve reading and sharing.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

aargh! Issue 13 is out

Issue Thirteen of the Aotearoa Anarchist Review it out. We shine a light on what is happening in Myanmar (or is it Burma?), ask why 'our' flash new P8 reconnaissance aircraft need to have anti-submarine warfare capability, look at the nuclear industry 10 years after the meltdown in Fukushima, examine the implications of introducing COVID passports and wonder how serious Stuff's apology for past racism really is. Plus we have a book review of Rat King Landlord and a recipe.  

Get your copy from the shop or email us at an we can send you one. The A4 sized aargh is $2, and for those with young eyes we have A5 sized copies for $1.50

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Featherston Booktown

Featherston Booktown Karukatea 2021 Festival 

The Featherston Booktown Karukatea festival runs from the 6th to the 9th of May this year. Wellington Zinefest are officially part of it and will be holding workshops for zinesters in the Featherston School Hall. The FreedomShop, Food Court Books and 5ever will be joining them on Saturday May 8th and Sunday 9th.

For more details and the complete programme see here.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Radical Zine Series - Volume 2 Launch

 The Radical Zine Launch is on today - MayDay - Saturday 1st May at the Freedom Shop

Doors open 5.30 - launch proper starts 6.30pm

This is the launch of our second volume of newly designed radical zines - available to purchase at cost-price. (All between $2 - $4!!)

Free kai and drinks. Open to all. This event happens to fall on the same date as the Freedom Shop's 26th Birthday! So you're welcome to stay for a drink with us after the launch.


'The Terror of the Dawn Raids' by Melani Anae, re-designed by Darcy Woods.

'Burning Women' by Lady Stardust, re-designed by Cosmo Bones.

'Eternal War on the Hitler Youth', re-designed by Zoe Hannay.

'Dare to be a Daniel!' by Wilf McCartney, re-designed by Hannah Salmon.

You'll also be able to pick up the latest edition of aargh! and remaining copies from our Volume 1 collection or Radical Zines, which includes the titles: Rongoā: Māori Herbal Medicine, The Problem with White Saviours, Are We All New Zealanders Now? A Maori response to the Pakeha quest for indigeneity and The Tyranny of the Clock.


Doors open at 5.30 but the launch proper starts at 6.30pm as the Creeps Record Parlour are holding a 6pm gig at the front of Opportunity for Animals, so we'll delay our start until they finish.