Protest and reform

Suffrage 125

Suffrage 125

How the women's movement in New Zealand has developed from the campaign to get the vote in 1893 to the present day more...

1981 Springbok tour

1981 Springbok tour

It was simply called 'The Tour'. For 56 taut days in the winter of 1981, New Zealanders were divided against each other in the largest civil disturbance seen since the 1951 waterfront dispute. more...

Nuclear-free New Zealand

Nuclear-free New Zealand

Learn about opposition to French nuclear testing on remote Pacific atolls, nuclear-free legislation and the 1985 sinking of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior. more...

The 1913 Great Strike

The 1913 Great Strike

The Great Strike of 1913 was in fact a series of strikes. It was one of New Zealand’s most violent and disruptive industrial confrontations. more...

Labour Day

Labour Day

Labour Day is no ordinary holiday. It celebrates the struggle for an eight-hour working day, a right that New Zealand workers had been among the first in the world to claim. more...

The 1951 waterfront dispute

The 1951 waterfront dispute

The waterfront dispute of 1951 was the biggest industrial confrontation in New Zealand’s history. more...

Temperance movement

Temperance movement

Legislating for the prohibition of alcohol was one of the major social issues of late-19th and early-20th century more...

1947 Greymouth beer boycott

1947 Greymouth beer boycott

An organised move by the hotels around Greymouth to raise the price of beer in 1947 led to one of the most effective consumer boycotts ever seen in New Zealand. more...

Homosexual law reform

Homosexual law reform

A bitter public and political debate swept the country during the homosexual law reform campaign of the mid-1980s. more...

The 1912 Waihi strike

The 1912 Waihi strike

They called it 'Black Tuesday'. On 12 November 1912, in the goldmining town of Waihi, striker Fred Evans died during a violent confrontation. more...

The New Zealand Legion

The New Zealand Legion

The year 1933 witnessed an unprecedented eruption of protest amongst urban businessmen and professionals in New Zealand. The most prominent manifestation of this protest was a radical conservative movement named the New Zealand Legion. more...