Oral History of Occupy Chch

By Byron Clark

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Oral History Of Occupy Chch

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For 162 days, from October 15th 2011 until March 25th 2012, protesters camped out in a corner of Hagley Park as part of a global protest against wealth inequality. Over that time what The Press described as "one of Christchurchs most unusual communities" 

 
The strange mix of activists, homeless, conspiracy theorists, backpackers and others along for the ride struggled with the day-to-day issues of a borderline illegal camp site (including aftershocks) as well as issues of political and economic reform. After the last tent was taken down one of the remaining campers spoke the words "I te wahi nei, kua mahinga taatou te whanau kotahi." in this place, we have built the united family. 
 
Occupy Christchurch affected everyone involved, Some of those people have vowed to continue the movement, others have dropped out all together. Each one of them has a story to tell. 
 
My goal is to raise enough money for the recording equipment needed to conduct this oral history project, and self publish a book- with copies being donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, Christchurch City Libraries, Archives New Zealand and the Canterbury Museum archive. This will provide an important historical record looking at what was going on locally in the early 2010s- an era where Time magazine made "The Protester" their person for the year.

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We made it!

31/07/2012 at 10:15 PM

The fund raising goal has been reached! this means the project will go ahead. Thankyou everyone for your support. I'm likely going to Wellington in a couple of weeks for some oral history training at the National Library, and will sort out getting the recording equipment asap.
As well as covering the recording equipment and the the pre-purchased books, about 16 books (possibly more if I can get them printed cheaply enough) can be donated to libraries and archives, helping make the stories of Occupy Christchurch as accessable as possible.

More pledges are still welcome and will help with book printing costs, at present the plan is to set money aside every week while I record interviews and use that plus the money remaining from fundraising for the first print one, with the hope I can recoup the loss by selling the books.

If you were involved in Occupy Christchurch and would like to have your story recorded please email [email protected] and/or join the page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/OralHistoryOfOccupyChristchurch 

In the media

26/07/2012 at 4:17 AM

Hello to everyone who has found this page after reading about this project in The Christchurch Mail this morning! if you haven"t seen the article I"m talking about, you can view it at the following link:
https://twitter.com/byronclarknz/status/228210754917117952/photo/1/large?tw_p=twt

I"m amazed by the support for this project so far, we"ve passed the one-third milestone and are closing in on half way. 
Heres a little something fun, a "Nek Minnit" take on the Occupy movement: 

Interviewed for The Mail today

20/07/2012 at 10:21 AM

Hi everyone. Thanks for all the support so far!
I was interviewed by a reporter from The Mail today so there should be an article appearing next week. In the meantime, here"s Nat singing the Occupy Christchurch song with Wirimu

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    2012-07-17 16:36:18 +1200

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    Oral History Of Occupy Chch

    Project 2012-07-10 22:50:45 +1200

    For 162 days, from October 15th 2011 until March 25th 2012, protesters camped out in a corner of Hagley Park as part of a global protest against wealth inequality. Over that time what The Press described as "one of Christchurchs most unusual communities" 

     
    The strange mix of activists, homeless, conspiracy theorists, backpackers and others along for the ride struggled with the day-to-day issues of a borderline illegal camp site (including aftershocks) as well as issues of political and economic reform. After the last tent was taken down one of the remaining campers spoke the words "I te wahi nei, kua mahinga taatou te whanau kotahi." in this place, we have built the united family. 
     
    Occupy Christchurch affected everyone involved, Some of those people have vowed to continue the movement, others have dropped out all together. Each one of them has a story to tell. 
     
    My goal is to raise enough money for the recording equipment needed to conduct this oral history project, and self publish a book- with copies being donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, Christchurch City Libraries, Archives New Zealand and the Canterbury Museum archive. This will provide an important historical record looking at what was going on locally in the early 2010s- an era where Time magazine made "The Protester" their person for the year.

    Comments

    We made it!

    31/07/2012 at 10:15 PM

    The fund raising goal has been reached! this means the project will go ahead. Thankyou everyone for your support. I'm likely going to Wellington in a couple of weeks for some oral history training at the National Library, and will sort out getting the recording equipment asap.
    As well as covering the recording equipment and the the pre-purchased books, about 16 books (possibly more if I can get them printed cheaply enough) can be donated to libraries and archives, helping make the stories of Occupy Christchurch as accessable as possible.

    More pledges are still welcome and will help with book printing costs, at present the plan is to set money aside every week while I record interviews and use that plus the money remaining from fundraising for the first print one, with the hope I can recoup the loss by selling the books.

    If you were involved in Occupy Christchurch and would like to have your story recorded please email [email protected] and/or join the page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/OralHistoryOfOccupyChristchurch 

    In the media

    26/07/2012 at 4:17 AM

    Hello to everyone who has found this page after reading about this project in The Christchurch Mail this morning! if you haven"t seen the article I"m talking about, you can view it at the following link:
    https://twitter.com/byronclarknz/status/228210754917117952/photo/1/large?tw_p=twt

    I"m amazed by the support for this project so far, we"ve passed the one-third milestone and are closing in on half way. 
    Heres a little something fun, a "Nek Minnit" take on the Occupy movement: 

    Interviewed for The Mail today

    20/07/2012 at 10:21 AM

    Hi everyone. Thanks for all the support so far!
    I was interviewed by a reporter from The Mail today so there should be an article appearing next week. In the meantime, here"s Nat singing the Occupy Christchurch song with Wirimu
      Ben
      2012-08-01 07:20:31 +1200
      Remi Emery
      2012-07-31 02:44:44 +1200
      Joanne Clark
      2012-07-30 19:53:18 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-07-30 18:20:23 +1200
      John
      2012-07-29 16:25:51 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-07-27 10:57:52 +1200
      Kirsty McCully
      2012-07-26 11:22:14 +1200
      kass and l.j
      2012-07-26 11:07:41 +1200
      Rik Tindall
      2012-07-25 10:31:51 +1200
      Nic Dorward
      2012-07-24 19:25:10 +1200
      Regan Stokes
      2012-07-22 22:18:29 +1200
      Vita
      2012-07-22 20:57:23 +1200
      Kassie Hartendorp
      2012-07-22 20:55:14 +1200
      Grant
      2012-07-22 13:04:08 +1200
      babykraken
      2012-07-20 21:13:31 +1200
      Mike Will
      2012-07-20 17:18:59 +1200
      Jesse Meek
      2012-07-20 15:22:53 +1200
      Joanna Wildish
      2012-07-20 14:48:13 +1200
      Jared Davidson
      2012-07-20 14:19:34 +1200
      Ken Clark
      2012-07-17 16:36:18 +1200

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      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 01/08/2012 at 7:20 AM.