Although it’s no secret, I’ve been talking about it for months, today I’m pleased to say the events for the national speaking tour on my thesis (Left Out? The Extra-Parliamentary Left in Aotearoa/NZ from 1999 to 2008) are a-go! I’ll be hitting up Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin with talks on various aspects of the research that went into the thesis.

Rather unexpectedly, the research attained a new relevance to the radical left with the ascension of a new Labour-led coalition government last year. With that in mind it’s a better time than ever to look back to what the left was up to the last time a Labour government was in power.

The talks will cover a reassessment of Helen Clark’s Fifth Labour Government from the left, a rough sketch of everything to the left of the parliamentary parties since 1990, a loving if incomplete history of some of the major socialist groups of the era, and round off with a call to take up the project of a people’s history of New Zealand.

Anyone wanting to help out should email me or get in touch via the Facebook page or Twitter account, the most important thing now is to simply get the word out about the talks. This is especially so for the talks outside Dunedin, where I’m really relying on local activists to help me advertise the tour.

Details for the events as follows:

Monday 18th June, 6pm
Room 260-321, Auckland University

Thursday 21st June, 6pm
St Andrew’s on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace

Sunday 24th June, 7pm
Space Academy, 371 St Asaph Street

Thursday 28th June, 7pm
OUSA Clubs & Societies Centre, 84 Albany Street

Lastly I’d like to thank the Dunedin International Socialists, the Canterbury Socialist Society, and the Wellington Workers Education Association for hosting me at the respective talks on this mini-tour. And in Auckland, a friend from the Tāmaki Makaurau Anarchists for helping me organise the talk up there. I’d be nowhere, and my research simply couldn’t be done, without the help of newly found friends and comrades across the country.

Also, check out this neat little poster Tom from the Canterbury Socialist Society whipped up for me.


Great innit?