I have maintained in this blog that there is a tie up between Tuhoe radicals, Wellington anarchists and the Mexican Zapatistas.
The naming of Marama Mayrick completes the triangle.
Meyrick knows Tame Iti from her early days in Whakatane. She has also been connected by TV1 to the Wellington “community house“-128 Abel Smith Steet Wellington, that is a hangout of the Wildcat Anarchist Collective.
Now comes proof that Mayrick has been financially supported by Collective members in a project involving the Zapatistas.
A few years ago Marama Mayrick studied art and design at The Learning Connexion in Wellington.
According to TLC’s newsletter, August 2004, Bailey has been involved since with friends Emily Bailey and Kate Logan in an international film project.
After spending most of my time at TLC doing body sculpture and jewellery in 2002, I realized jewellery was my passion and did a one year course at Whitireia Polytechnic in 2003. While learning jewellery and protesting against the lifting of the GE Moratorium in Wellington, I realized that the world was not in such a good state of affairs….
I was questioning whether making art was the best use of my time. I decided to put down my tools and travel for a while. I also wanted to try to fulfill my idealistic dreams of saving the world. Our documentary, based in Wellington is called ‘Kotahi te Ao’. It means ‘There is one World’ in Maori, and this project will take me to five continents, and over 20 countries in just nine months.
The film aims to inspire and empower people to make positive change. To renew hope in the belief that it is possible to live sustainably on this planet, and to show that many people are already doing so with great success. ‘Kotahi te Ao’ is open to submissions of work and ideas.
I travel with two other Wellingtonians, Emily Bailey and Kate Logan. We have filmed places of destruction and poverty around the world such as the Three Gorges Dam in China, slums in India and the effects of war here in Israel and Palestine. We are focusing the two hour documentary on working solutions though, like social movements of the coolies in India, grassroots environmental groups, ancient knowledge of hill tribes in Thailand, and direct action around the world. We have heard the most amazing stories of painful losses, but also inspiring successes.
Sponsors of the project include former Green Party MP, Mike Ward-a well known jeweller.
Financial donations came from;
Simon, Val Morse, Steve Urlich, Peta, Sam Buchanan, Rachel Kerr, Jenny Carryer, Anon from Porirua, & Wellington community
Val Morse is a well known Wellington protestor and anarchist and is believed to be the librarian at 128 Abel Smith Street.
Sam Buchanan is a well known member of the Wildcat Anarchist Collective and apparently resides at 128 Abel Smith street.
Further down are listed those who have supplied accommodation, meals, transport, assistance, translation, etc, it includes;
Bettina & Luciano from the WSF in Brazil; Igor & others at MST in Brazil; Ancelmo & others at Greenpeace in Argentina; Oliver in San Cristobal, Mexico; Max in San Cristobal; Zapatistas in Oventic, Mexico; Andreas & Oscar in Mexico City;
WSF probably refers to , a regular international radical/anarchist/Marxist gathering. The 2005 WSF was held in Porto Alegre Brazil in January 2005.
MST probably refers to Brazil’s Marxist oriented Landless Worker’s Movement, which specialises in illegal peasant occupations of large estates.
“Zapatistas in Oventic” speaks for itself.
The village of Oventic is a Zapatista secure haven. According to the anarchist website UK Indymedia;
For obvious reasons of security it is strictly forbidden to photograph the people at the Zapatista Caracol of Oventic.
If Marama mayrick was actually able to film in Oventic, it would show that she had the trust of the Zapatistas.
A viewing of “Kotahi te Au” might answer that question.