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Protest against weekend trading by the Shop Employees Union, 1980
The ‘Battle of Featherston Street’ occurred in Wellington, with some of the most violent street fighting of the 1913 Great Strike.
The issue of nuclear ship visits became a significant issue for New Zealanders in the 1980s.
The leaders of the United Federation of Labour were unenthusiastic about the strike from the beginning, but felt obliged to lead actions that had been decided on through democratic processes.  They believed the strike was a tactical mistake, in that it put the UFL at risk before the new federation had built up its resources. In spring watersiders and miners had the least economic leverage and farmers were free to enrol as special constables.  The seizure of the wharves in Wellington and Auckland greatly reduced the strikers’ industrial power.
Auckland wharves during 1913 strikeWatersiders working on Auckland’s coal boats struck on 28 October in support of the Huntly miners. The rest of the city’s watersiders came out the next day following the failure of negotiations in Wellington.The Farmers’ Union began enrolling men from rural areas around Auckland as special constables, while foot specials were enrolled in the city. Mayor C.J. Parr and a group of businessmen formed a defence committee.
Wellington Harbour Board officesOn 24 October, strike supporters broke through the gates at Queen’s Wharf and tore down a barricade at King’s Wharf. They invaded the wharves and ‘persuaded’ strike-breakers to stop working.The government now adopted a suggestion from Colonel Edward Heard, the acting Commandant of the New Zealand army, who was reluctant to use military personnel directly to maintain law and order. Instead, Territorial Force officers in rural areas utilised existing networks to recruit farmers and labourers as mounted special constables.
The Great Strike of 1913 was in fact a series of strikes between mid-October 1913 and mid-January 1914. It was one of New Zealand’s most violent and disruptive industrial confrontations.
The end of the Vietnam War shifted the focus of the Cold War away from Asia and New Zealand's need for ‘forward defence’ diminished. These changes, together with the anti-Vietnam War movement, ushered in a new era of debate about Cold War policies and New Zealand’s place in the world.
Following police warnings of civil strife, Prime Minister Norman Kirk informed the New Zealand Rugby Football Union that the government saw ‘no alternative’ to a 'postponement' of the planned tour by the South African Springboks.
In 1967 protestors laid a protest wreath in Christchurch on Anzac Day to highlight their opposition to the Vietnam War. They were subsequently convicted of disorderly behaviour. A decade later further controversy arose when a women's group laid a wreath in memory of women killed and raped in war. During the 1980s other activist groups – feminists, gays, Māori and peace activists – all used Anzac Day services to seek publicity for their cause. Some ex-servicemen and politicians also used Anzac Day ceremonies to speak out during the anti-nuclear debate of the 1980s.
Demonstration against the proposed SIS Amendment Act, 14 October 1977
Pro-abortion rights march, Wellington, 1973
View of some of the tents put up by Maori land marchers on the lawns in front of the Parliamentary Buildings, Wellington, 1975
Māori Land March on the outskirts of Palmerston North, October 1975
Women protesting about the insufficient Domestic Purposes Benefit (DPB) in 1977
Wellington protest march against French nuclear testing in the Pacific, 1972
iew of the crowd of about 4,500 anti Vietnam war protestors gathered in Cuba Street outside the Wellington Town Hall, 1 May 1971
Anti abortion demonstrators marching in Willis Street, Wellington, 1974
Anti-apartheid demonstrators protest about an All Black rugby tour to South Africa, 1970
Ecology Action Group demonstrators in Wellington carrying crosses listing ecological disasters, 31 July 1972

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