Graeme Hunt’s book on subversion in New Zealand hit the bookshops yesterday.
This is the first major book on Kiwi communism, written from a critical point of view.
While communist subversion has been extensively exposed by serious writers in Europe the US and Australia, virtually all local books on the subject have been written by sympathisers, self glorifying “ex” communists, or relatives of Party members.
Hunt pulls no punches. He knows a traitor when he sees one.
This book will get the left in a lather. It will demolish the lies and myths communist apologists have been trying to build for 50 years.
It isessential reading for anyone who wants to really understand New Zealand politics in the 20th century.
New Zeal will examine aspects of the book in future posts.
The history of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies and those it has spied on have been laid bare in a book by Auckland-based journalist, author, and historian Graeme Hunt.
Spies And Revolutionaries – A History of New Zealand Subversion details how several prominent New Zealanders, all of whom are dead, spied for the former Soviet Union during the Cold War. Accusations and suspicions are laid bare before files and information that has never before been made public. This book will clearly recharge debate as to whether Dr Bill Sutch, diplomat Paddy Costello, and public servant Ian Milner were spies acting against New Zealand’s national interest.
Hunt is firm in his resolve: “It is high time we called these people the traitors they are… People make light of the corrupting influence of the Soviet Union on New Zealand life, but Russian communism attracted friends in government departments, universities, and the unions with several committed to establishing a communist state here.“
Spies and Revolutionaries is the first national history of espionage and revolutionary activity in New Zealand. It starts with the death of the Rev. Carl Volkner at Opotiki in 1865. He was murdered by his Maori congregation who considered him a government spy.
The book covers Russian scares, Fenian riots, politically inspired strikes, the 1981 Springbok rugby tour, and the peace and anti-conscription movements.
There is an account of French agents on New Zealand soil and their role in the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior in 1985. The behaviour and status of Algerian refugee Ahmed Zaoui also features prominently.
Hunt says this book gave him the opportunity to research the history and development of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service and the civilian spy services that existed before it. Much of his research is drawn from recently released SIS files, many of which have not before been made public.
SRP: $29.99 ISBN: 9780790011400 340p, includes index, black and white photos Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd www.reed.co.nz Release: August 6 2007 For more, see… Reed Publishers, Spies And Revolutionaries