Revolutions per minute—the sixties counterculture in Aotearoa New Zealand

Forums and symposia

Alan MacDiarmid LT102 (AM LT102)

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Nick Bollinger, the 2021 JD Stout Fellow, is currently working on a book about the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s in New Zealand. On Saturday 29 May, Nick will host a one-day symposium at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University around the theme of his project.

‘Counterculture’ was a term coined in the late 1960s to identify a global movement comprised of radicals, dropouts, hippies, revolutionaries and other dissenters from the mainstream. Collectively it rejected many of society’s accepted norms, challenging conventional attitudes to art, sex, education, environment, politics and domestic life. Though the movement was global, New Zealand had its own unique version.

With a variety of guest speakers, this one-day ‘teach-in’ (to use the terminology of the time) will look at some of the forces that shaped the counterculture in New Zealand, discuss the ways it differed here from other parts of the world, its longer-term influence, its successes and its failures.

Registration: $20

Online payment can be made through the University's website.

Speaker Bios

Nick Bollinger is a writer, critic and broadcaster. He has been a music columnist for The Listener and presenter of the music review programme The Sampler on RNZ National.

For more information contact: Deborah Levy 04 4635305