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(en) Aotearoa-New Zealand Imminent Rebellion #2 - The Anarchist Tea Party

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Date Sat, 31 Jan 2004 14:11:55 +0100 (CET)


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FROM the 4th to the 7th of December 2003 about
70 people from across Aotearoa and abroad
attended the Anarchist Tea Party. Overall I feel
the conference went really well, with it giving
birth to some very promising projects, and I
left feeling very optimistic.
The conference was hosted at Marama-
iti, an incredible intentional community
currently in the beginning stages, adjacent to
the Whanganui River. The place is being
created mainly thanks to the effort put in by
Lucia, Geoff and Liam who currently live there.
Most of the conference took place in the
woolshed which is in the process of being
transformed into a "marae-style" area while
people slept in tents scattered around the
property. Cooking was done collectively
(thanks to all those that helped prepare such
great food and thanks to Steven for the home-
brew!) and a commitment was made to have
the conference itself run by those in attendance.
A very diverse range of topics were
covered over the weekend including facilitation
and consensus meeting processes, feminism,
deschooling, non-monogamous relationships, a

"where to next?" look at the anarchist movement in Aotearoa,
finding common ground amongst anarchists and those on the left,
discussing the media resources available to us, the philosophy
behind Linux, de-colonisation, natural contraceptives, living
outside capitalism, networking... the list goes on.
A lot was accomplished over the course of the few days we had
available to us and despite some early criticism that it was going to
be very "lifestyle" orientated I think it achieved a good combination
of both the personal and the political.

The last day was spent primarily
brainstorming for projects and networking. Of
particular interest to me was the commitment
to develop a communication network across
Aotearoa to make it easier for people to get in
the loop and get involved, to know what others
are up to (and help out if they're interested)
and to just generally facilitate organisation and
action around Aotearoa. Other projects include setting
up a mutual aid network (fungus network),
pirate radio in Wellington and
elsewhere, creating an annual
Aotearoa anarchist guidebook
(containing information about
contacts, various organisations,
planned actions, and skills like
consensus decision making),
building a support network and the
setting up of discussion groups
among other things.
Being situated all in one place
meant spending time together
outside of the more structured conference
timetable itself and this also led to a lot of
networking and discussion as well. This more
informal type of interaction of just getting to
know others, developing contacts (and friends!)
and in some cases committing to projects is a
really valuable thing to have happen and I hope
future conferences are aware of this too.
I think the Anarchist Tea Party came
at a really opportune time where some were
feeling quite disillusioned with the anarchist
movement. I left feeling a resurgence in the
anarchist movement was taking place, and
seeing all the projects happening at the moment
and those in the works was a really positive
experience. It was generally agreed that we
need to make conferences like this a more
regular event and as I write this, preliminary
plans are already underway in Christchurch to
host another conference in 2004.
It's now up to us to ensure that we keep
the momentum generated at this conference
going.
- Torrance


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