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(en) Aotearoa - New-Zeland, Alt. Media: Origins of the Maori/Anarchist Alliance Part 4

Date Fri, 11 Jan 2008 16:16:25 +0200

Around 2002/03, Maori Zapatista supporters from Aotearoa Educators and
Wellington anarchists from the Committee to Establish Civilisation, formed the
New Zealand branch of People's Global Action (PGA).

While PGA apparently didn't last long, the alliances it cemented eventually led
to the arrest, in October 2007, of 17 people for allegedly attending
"quasi-military" training camps in the Ureweras.

The "Urewera 17" were an alliance of Maori radicals and anarchist activists, all
inspired by the indigenous/anarchist revolutionaries of Latin
America-particularly the Mexican Zapatista rebels.

Their supporters come from the same circles, but also extend into the Green
Party and to New Zealand's Trotskyist and Maoist organisations.

In September 2003, an alt-WTO conference was held in Wellington.

It was organised by the Alliance Party, but participants included anarchists,
Greens, Maoists, Trotskyists and pro-Zapatista Maori radicals.

A key organiser was Alliance Party official and anarchist John Anderson.

This is an edited version of his account of proceedingsfrom Indymedia 9.9.03

alt-WTO: The Great Trade Debate

The "Great Trade Debate" kicked off with comrades Don Franks and Jill Brasell
playing "Red Horse Flying"; a song about Mobil's blatant abuses in Aceh and of
the Acehnese people.

The debate was chaired by Prue Hyman, who facilitated in the spirit of the left
and progressive thought with skill, creativity, and respect...

The speakers were Rod Donald (Green Party), Robert Reid (Alliance), Suse
Reynolds (Trade Liberalisation Network), and Alastair MacFarlane (Trade
Liberalisation Network).

I can also now say, after seeing the calm, collected and ardent speakers holding
the opposing view, that Rod and Robert, and many others in the audience and
community, could win a debate with the proponents of "free trade" any time and

alt-WTO: WTO and Sovereignty

After a brief break Simon and others began redefining the space that was being
used, moving the chairs around to create a more inclusive space and setting up
the area for the skit Helen Te Hira, Teanau Tuiono, and Kaye-Maree Dunn had
arranged before the section they had prepared on "WTO and Sovereignty".

The session was run by members of the Tino Rangatiratanga movement, and Aotearoa
Educators began with Simon helping them start the skit.

As I recall, Simon started by musing and singing Tim Finn's "Song of Parihaka"
and thinking how Maori activists might talk to each other, then exited stage right.

Teanau, Kaye, and Helen then strolled on and settled down to korero with each
other about sovereignty, the left and progressive movements, the WTO, the
foreshore, and more.

alt-WTO: Globalisation, what next?

Sam Buchanan from Committee for the Establishment of Civilisation opened up his
sobering salvo on the anti-globalisation movement after a short break....He
followed through with the statement, and I hope I don't misquote, "If you don't
believe we can win, then fuck off now!" He asserted that while left has massive
differences, we need to fully express our future ? because the future we want is
"so fucking amazing". Sam also drew on decades of experience as an anarchist,
and had much to say about Seattle and the recent anti-war marches.

Nick Henry then moved on to discuss the ideas of People's Global Action, the use
of words, and much more. An exciting development that Nick kicked off was to
publicly initiate the debate on forming a new workers network.

I want to thank all the people who helped organise, contribute, and participate
in alt-WTO: another world is possible. I would like to specifically mention the
seemingly indefatigable Valerie Morse, Robert Reid, Dougal McNeil, and my loving
partner Ankh Spice. I would like to also particularly thank those who came from
the Tino Rangatiratanga movement.

Here we see strands of the movement that begat the "Urewera 17" coming together.

Teanau Tuiono, Kay Maree Dunn and Helen Te Hira represent the Tino
Rangatiratanga/Peoples Global Action strand. The "Simon" who helped them, was
very likely "Urewera 17" arrestee Rongomai/Simon Bailey.

Robert Reid, Nick Henry and Helen Te Hira also represent the Maoist
strand-Robert Reid is ex Workers Communist League, while Henry and Te Hira are
both ex Radical Society and both involved in People's Global Action.

The late Rod Donald represented the Green Party anarchist strand, now
represented by Nandor Tanczos, Meteria Turei and Kerry Tankard, which has been
so supportive of the "Urewera 17" arrestees.

Don Franks and Dougall McNeill represent the Trotskyist strand was has also been
very supportive of the "Urewera 17"

John Anderson, Sam Buchanan, Val Morse and Ankh Spice represent the
anarchist/pro Zapatista strand which later contributed several members of the
"Urewera 17".

The Committee for the Establishment of Civilisation dissolved not long after
this conference with most of its activists moving into the already formed
Wildcat Anarchist Collective.

Wildcat has long been based at 128 Abel Smith Street Wellington, which was
raided by police on October 15th.

Of the "Urewera 17" arrestees, Emily Bailey, Rongomai/Simon Bailey, Tim/Ira
Bailey, Val Morse and Marama Mayrick either had lived at, or were associated
with that address-as is Sam Buchanan.

Another former CEC activist, now associated with Wildcat is also believed to
have been linked to the Urewera camps.

Auckland "Urewera 17" arrestee, Omar Hamed is also an anarchist, with close ties
to several inhabitants of 128 Abel Smith Street.

According to the New York based pro Zapatista blog Zapagringo;

A month ago, under New Zealand's 2002 Terrorism Suppression Act, over 300 police
raided houses across the country seeking up to 60 activists in Aotearoa's Tino
Rangatiratanga, peace and environmental movements. Among the 17 people arrested
in the sweeps were some of these same founding PGA members, along with current
Zapatista solidarity activists.

Marama Mayrick and Emily Bailey have both visited the Zapatista's stronghold in
Oventic Mexico.

I suspect that Tim/Ira Bailey and Val Morse have also travelled to Mexico in
recent times.

It is highly likely that several of the anarchists arrested on October 15th were
active in the Committee for the Establishment of Civilisation and/or the local
branch of People's Global Action.

Radical Alliance 5 (Final)

As I have shown in previous posts, the "urewera 17" is comprised mainly of
anarchists and Maori radicals inspired by foreign indigenous revolutionary
movements, particularly the Mexican Zapatistas.

But who brought these people together? Who stitched together an alliance of
mainly Wellington based anarchists and Tuhoe allied Maori radicals into what
some claim was an embryonic guerilla army?

Unfortunately I am not privy to this information, but one individual is a
possible candidate-Teanau Tuiono.

This man, who I have profiled before is an avid Zapatista-to the point of giving
his son the middle name of...Zapatista.

He has been a leading activist in the New Zealand branch of the Zapatista
inspired international radical network-People's Global Action.

Tuiono's home was searched during the October 15th anti terror raids-he was not
arrested, but it is believed he has also undergone training in the Ureweras.

Tuiono is an active networker, both internationally and locally.

He is connected in some way to more members of the "Urewera 17" than anyone else
I know.

Teanau Tuiono would have gotten to know Tame Iti as least as early as 1996. That
year, when Tuiono was still at Auckland University, he stood, with Iti as a
Parliamentary candidate for Eva Rickard's radical Mana Maori Movement.

For several years, Tuiono has worked with "Urewera 17" webmeister Te
Rangikaiwhiria (Rangi) Kemara on the executive of the Maori Internet Society,
Aotearoa Cafe and the pro Zapatista Maori Independence Website.

In the early '00s Teanau Tuiono's close associate, Kalani Tarawa worked with
Rangi Kemara moderating a UN financed international indigenous people's
networking website.

In the early '00s Teanau Tuiono linked up with Wellington based anarchists to
form the New Zealand branch of People's Global Action.

"Urewera 17" arrestee Emily Bailey worked with Tuiono on this project as almost
certainly did two other arrestees, Tim/Ira Bailey and Valerie Morse.

In 2006 Tuiono was active in the editorial collective of the anarchist run
newsite Indymedia.

Two other "Urewera 17" arrestees were also in the collective-Omar Hamed and the
as yet unnamed Swiss national.

In early 2007 Teanau Tuiono was the leading organisor of the Nice n Native
gathering at a Waikato marae. This gathering brought together Maori, North
American Indian, Australian Aboriginal and Indigenous Filipino activists to
discuss music, culture and revolution.

Other key people involved were Emily Bailey, Tim/Ira Bailey and Rangi Kemara.

Ati Teepa was also involved. Later he was questioned, but not arrested in the
October 15th anti-terror raids. His brother, Maraki Teepa was arrested and still
faces charges.

The Teepa brothers are nephews of Tame Iti.

Teanau Tuiono also been the leading spokesman of PGA's New Zealand afiliate,
Aotearoa Educators. Maraea Teepa is AE's latest spokesperson. She is Tuhoe and
is believed to be a relative of the Teepa brothers.

In this series I believe I have proven that the "Urewera 17" are not an isolated

They are merely the tip of a revolutionary triangle that reaches from the
Eastern Bay of Plenty mountains and Wellington's Aro Valley to the Zapatista
strongholds of Southern Mexico.

Teanau Tuiono has connections to every corner of the triangle.

I doubt we have seen the last of him-or his friends in the "Urewera 17"
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