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The Independent State of Aramoana was a micro-nation that existed in New Zealand during the early 1980s.

It was founded in response to a plan by a consortium comprised of New Zealand-based Fletcher-Challenge, Australia's CSR Limited and Swiss firm Alusuisse to build a large aluminium smelting facility in an environmentally sensitive area known as Aramoana at the head of Otago Harbour, near Dunedin, on New Zealand's South Island.

The smelter plan called for the destruction of the villages of Aramoana and Te Ngaru, and also threatened a local wildlife reserve. In response to this the residents of the area duly announced their secession from New Zealand on 23 December, 1980, established a "border post" and "travelling embassy", printed passports, citizenship certificates and stamps, and set about using the resultant publicity to build a national grass-roots campaign in opposition to the smelter.

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For interest I also show the Aramoana Passport





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I can't find much about these stamps. Aramoana seems to be more famous for a mass shooting in 1990.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bas S Warwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2010 at 11:34
Steve.

There is another member here whois writing about Aramona and I am trying to find out as much as I can for him.

Aramoana is a tiny settlement (of around 260 people) on the mouth of the Otago Harbour - about 20 minutes drive from my flat in Dunedin. In New Zealand

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The Independent State of Aramoana was a protest established (23 Dec 1980) as part of the Save Aramoana campaign, in opposition to plans to build an aluminium smelter in the New Zealand town.

The residents of the area duly announced their secession from New Zealand on 23 December, established a "border post" and "travelling embassy", printed passports, citizenship certificates and stamps. The campaign attracted the attention of artists such as Ralph Hotere, and its possible he may have been involved.

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Landscape
Independance Day
Albatross & Whale
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http://dictionary.sensagent.com/independent+state+of+aramoana/en-en/

Recently I have also discovered a book that may have additional information. I am trying to borrow a copy from a library locally.

Rabble Rousers and Merry Pranksters:
A History of Anarchism in Aotearoa/New Zealand from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s
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Listed in contents
• The anarchist involvement in the formation of Peace Movement Aotearoa and the successful Save Aramoana Campaign, a seminal ecological struggle.







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I remember the Save Aramoana Campaign well. As a stamp shop owner I sold hundreds of these sheets and was given a framed one by the organisers as a thank you.
The issues were;
"Bittern in Flight" artwork by famous local artist Don Binney.
"Aramoana Landscapes" artwork by another local artist whose name I don't remember.
"Aramoana  and Clutha River" photos.
"Albatross and Whales"
"Pied oystercatcher."
"Aramoana Landscapes" (2nd issue) overprinted in silver "Independence Day".  this last one was issued on the day that the Smelter was cancelled.

Both Border Post and Travelling Embassy (it was a converted caravan which toured New Zealand) postmarks were possible for all issues and either single stamps on FDC or souvenir sheets of 4 stamps were made available.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bas S Warwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 July 2010 at 22:02
Many thanks Steven.

For reference here is the views (landscape?)  block




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Hello Bas and Steven,
I'm writing up a small illustrated Aramoana catalogue of the stamp issues. A little information on the Save Aramaona Campaign, the details of the stamp issues and the secession/reintegration of Aramaona would be most welcome.
Were there coins and banknotes? Did Aramoana ever claim a specific territory?
I'd also be interested in the book you mentioned, Bas.
 
Here is the Citizen Certificate I have in my files. Larger version also available.
 
 
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Hi Bernhard

The Book is by a historian of the left, Toby Boraman, and has some information about the Aramona movement/issue. I have now managed to find a copy in a close-by town library, and as soon as I get there to read/photocopy the pages I will let you have as much information as it gives on the topic.

Rabble Rousers and Merry Pranksters:
A History of Anarchism in Aotearoa/New Zealand from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s


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• The anarchist involvement in the formation of Peace Movement Aotearoa and the successful Save Aramoana Campaign, a seminal ecological struggle.

http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2007/09/aotearoa-anarchists-rule-ok.html

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