Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Hard News: Mandela,

    yes, I'm pretty sure COST was from Wellington too though, CARE was much older (it's all getting hazy) Trevor was certainly a pioneer in there before almost anyone else

    There was however a very Wellington/Auckland thing going on (later on it also became an ANC vs. PAC thing with one group supporting one and one the other) - probably also caused by the various left factions that were locally ascendant at the time.

    During the tour though there was just lots of stuff to do, some of it terribly scary.

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  • Hard News: Mandela, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    I wonder why there has been little mention of Trevor Richards and important role of HART.

    I was on the HART national council just after the tour (a lot of the old guard burned out and understandably wanted to get on with their lives). It was always a very political animal with a clear ongoing policy split between Auckland and Wellington.

    There were other (older, initially less radical) anti-apartheid organisations than HART - Trevor started one (COST?) - some had been around since the 60s/70s

    HART was a large relatively decentralised organisation with local groups organising in every town - it was how we mobilised all those people without an internet (and with the cops infiltrating our meetings) - remember we held marches and signed people up for months before the tour started - all those people in the streets, we all were HART.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mandela, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    She studied the tour at secondary school as something historical and about other people.

    Coming back to NZ after 20 years and having my teenage son studying the tour was a bit disconcerting - I got to talk about my part and .... "um, I don't think you can put that bit I told you, I don't think NZ has a statute of limitations ...", and ... "I think you should ask X (a teacher at his school) directly and confirm what I remembered and see if they want that on paper" ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mandela, in reply to Alec Morgan,

    I agree - send both of them

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mandela,

    When I was first arrested during the tour the cops called my Mum .... she was livid .... and joined us on the next march

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  • Hard News: Mandela,

    The '81 tour (and the years working up to it) were very much my coming of age, I was 21 - it was a long wet cold exciting winter everyone's lives stopped

    In '84 I moved to Berkeley CA, decidedly political in it's own right, I saw Patu! in a NZ film festival at the PFA, the well off ex-pats behind us tut-tutted, what was wrong with NZ - they had no idea, I saw it again at the old UC theatre in an anti-apartheid festival - when Muldoon came on there were scattered boos from the kiwis in the audience.

    When I had been in the US for 6 months or so I was very homesick, someone sent me an EP, we didn't have a record player, it was over a month before I heard it, it blew me away:

    check out the shorts on the guy on the left (and one the PA mast head).

    Through all this we had an image in our head of Nelson Mandela - that young strong guy with the beard and a smile the man who walked out of Robin island was old, he looked nothing like what we had remembered, but he still had that smile

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mandela,

    I cried the day he was released, tears are flowing now - what more can I say

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The judge is not helping,

    so surely there's an alternative - subpoena the guy who's supposed to have run off with the disk

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: TPP: Nearing Endgame, in reply to The Ruminator,

    They'll also be able to veto parallel importing.

    Um - what's the point of a free trade agreement if it bans free trade ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Q&A: John Banks' judicial review,

    I was also wondering what a "corrupt practice" is in this context ... would a hypothetical candidate with a zoophilia problem get reported because of the nature of his or her crime rather then the possible sentence

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 1958 posts Report Reply

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