Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Friday, December 05, 2008

Ngati Dread.. The Ruatoria Rastafarians

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Ngati Dread, Vol 1, by ANGUS GILLIES
Current bid: $25.00 / Reserve met

(as seen on TradeMe)

When you talk about terrorism, most people in New Zealand think about problems overseas. But those in Gisborne and the East Coast merely cast their minds back twenty years to the Ruatoria Troubles. From 1985 until 1990 the township was terrorised by a Maori sect calling itself The Rastafarians. Their story is one of the most bizarre chapters in modern New Zealand history. Yet most Kiwis under the age of forty have never heard of The Rastas or their reign of terror until now.

Carolyn Robinson, 3 News Presenter: "That Gillies has managed to get this information is astonishing. That hes painstakingly recorded it - incredible. Without him an important slice of New Zealand history would be lost."

Cath Hallinan, Editor, Campbell Live: "Before Angus gave me a sneak peek at this book, I hadn't even heard of the Ruatoria Rastafarians. Now I find it incredible that these shocking events took place in New Zealand. This is an amazing, fascinating story about what can happen when bits of different religions and cultures get pushed and pasted together, how that can give birth to a rebel belief system that turns on the very society and influences that created it. This is a story every New Zealander should read. I can't wait for volumes two and three to find out what happened next."

Blair Anderson

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