If the Wellington anarchist community is wondering why I’m so “on their case” over their links to the “Urewera 17“, here’s my answer;
You buggers started it.
Here’s an article from the October 1999 issue of the Christchurch based anarchist ‘zine Thrall;
Anarchists in Wellington have launched a grassroots campaign to oust ACT leader Richard Prebble from his Wellington Central electorate.
The Flick Dick Coalition has brought together activists with no parliamentary political party links but who are united in their opposition to the New Right policies favoured by ACT.
They plan to use direct action tactics to discredit Prebble and alter the course of the election by ensuring he is not elected. If Prebble fails to retain his seat ACT will have no MPs unless they gain more than 5% of the party vote. National has agreed not to stand a candidate against Prebble to try and ensure he retains his seat.
The coalition believes Prebble is a dangerous henchman of the rich whose job is to push through even more extreme New Right policies designed to give big businesses a lift. He has retained this role since the 1980s, when as a Labour cabinet minister he sold off Telecom and other state assets at bargain basement prices.
You can contact the Flick Dick Coalition at P0 Box 6387, Te Aro, Wellington.
PO Box 6387 Te Aro has been used by the Libertarian Communists/Wildcat Anarchist Collective, Wellington Animal Action, Aotearoa Indymedia, Campaign Against McDonalds, Food Not Bombs, Wellington Animal Rights Network, National Anti Vivisection Campaign and Irrecuperable Press, the publishers of Toby Boraman’s new book on anarchism in New Zealand.
Incidentally, Richard Prebble did lose his seat that year, but whether bolshie anarchists or boundary changes or were blame, who can say?