By popular demand, I’ve decided to put a copy of my master’s dissertation on the blog for anyone interested to have a browse. Left Out? The Extra-Parliamentary Left in Aotearoa/NZ from 1999 to 2008 represents both a year of my life and, as far as I’m aware, one of the only serious historical studies of the radical left in NZ during the 2000s. Further it’s the first attempt at putting the histories of the International Socialists, Socialist Worker, the Workers Party, and the Wellington anarchist scene to paper. I consider this work to be just the start. Much more needs to be done on the NZ radical left both for the benefit of political studies in New Zealand and for the left in this country to retract itself from the quagmire it’s found itself in today.
I don’t have much else to say with which to preface reading this, other than to express my sincerest gratitude to everyone that helped me with my research along the way. As I traveled the country to conduct interviews my initial suspicion that this entire period, despite being so recent, was already slipping away from the collective memory of the left. Sadly, much has already been lost. While I was as thorough as time and space constraints allowed me I feel as though I not only could have done more but that it is already becoming too late to catch the many intricacies of the left over the 1990s-2000s. I see this study as both a love letter to the radical left in this country, and a call for further research to be done.