1970s Protest Photos NZ flyer attached

Kia ora koutou, there are many exciting things happening in the labour history space in Aotearoa right now.

Please find attached and below information about an upcoming film fundraiser screening of Patu! to support a 1970s Protest Photos exhibition and information about the exhibition itself. It would be interesting to know how many of you may be included in some of those photos and/or were involved in Patu! and the events of that time in some way.

Also of note, Jared Davidson has written a new piece for Overland: https://overland.org.au/2023/01/on-class-as-a-product-of-struggle/. It looks at how some historians have analysed class in Aotearoa New Zealand, and suggests we might want to revisit class as a social activity, rather than a category.

Finally, don’t forget our upcoming Cost of Living Seminar to be held at Loaves and Fishes, 2 Hill St Thorndon, on Saturday 18th March. More information to come. This Waitangi Day weekend we acknowledge the ongoing struggles of tangata whenua for mana motuhake. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, and cheers from all the Labour History Project Committee team, Emma-Jean Kelly.

Dear friends and fellow activists,

Over the last eight months a small group of 1970s activists have worked to gather photographic images of 1970s protests. The exhibition attempts to traverse the multiple issues that inspired the protests and political action of the period and we have selected what we believe to be iconic images of the time. The exhibition is also the launching point for the development of a website to store and provide access to photos from the period.

1970s Protest Photos NZ
Exhibition at Te Auaha Gallery, 65 Dixon St,
Wellington 3-15 March, 2023
(Launch: Sunday 5 March 4.00pm)

We are now only five weeks away from the opening of the exhibition and there is still much to be done. In particular, we need to raise funds to mount the exhibition and to begin the development of the website. We are very fortunate to have sponsorship from Dick and Simon Werry at the Light House Cinema for the hire of the gallery for the two-week period, but considerable costs remain for printing and mounting the images.

Film fundraiser for this exhibition:
PATU (remastered with additional footage)
Light House Cuba, 29 Wigan St, Wellington,
Monday February 20
5.30pm for a 6pm

Thanks to Dick and Simon Werry of Light House Cinema Cuba. Thanks also to Rafer Rautjoki for allowing us to show his mother’s film for this occasion.

Cost $30 per ticket
Deposit your payment to 1970S A DECADE OF PROTESTS: 38-9023-0743318-00.
Please ensure you include your name and ‘film’ in the reference.
Snacks available prior to the showing and drinks can be purchased.
Only 74 tickets available so be in early.


If you are unable to come but would like to support the project we would welcome your contribution. Funds can be deposited as above and please include your name and ‘donation’ in the deposit reference. All money raised will go towards the exhibition and to begin the development of the website.

Check out our new Facebook page1970sprotestphotosnz’. Please ‘like’ the page. Add your comments and contributions. The page will also have notices and news items as we get closer to the exhibition and while it is on.


For further information and to be added to our contact database contact us at 1970sprotests.

Ngā mihi,

1970s Protest Photos Organising Group

Hilary Watson, Paul Tolich, David Jenkins, Chris Lipscombe, Chris Livesey, Jenny Rouse, Sue Ryall, Roger Steele, Keith Stewart, Anne Gilbert.

Updated 1970sProtestPhotos 2flyers on A4.pdf

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