Barbarians At the Gates: The systematic looting of our galleries archives and libraries. (Ben Vidgen)

“Must read” item! Ben specifically requested that I share this article from his archives and it is indeed something that we should all be aware of.

While the “bookburning” is nothing new, (refer the documentary Skeletons in the Closet for instance) it is quietly gaining momentum as history and heritage is being covered up or rewritten to suit the new narrative. MH

Opotiki, Gore, Titahi Bay and Waikanae, libraries have been shuttered within the past year due to toxic mould. Same exscuse mould/ earthquake engineering, which as Southland Gallery & Nelson Trafalgar centre show (both closed by bureaucrat Clare Hadley) was an utter lie.

So what gives??

by Ben Vidgen, BEN’S WORLD

As closed signs pop up collections are looted purged and or collections moved out of reach of public researchers. As developers and smart technology hyenas move in.


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“Internal Affairs briefing, Hon Tracey Martin, Minister of Internal Affairs 

Title: Management of the National Library’s Overseas Published Collections 

Date: 11 December 2018 

Action sought: Approve the removal of all overseas publications from the Overseas Published Collections, excluding those in subject areas identified as collecting priorities in the Overseas Collecting Plan, and in alignment with the 2015 National Library Collections Policy. 

Note that due to evidence of low demand and the age of the material, secure destruction of removed items is the most likely outcome“. The Spinoff astutely states “Why is this being done so quietly? Why is it being done so quickly? The library asserts that these are books we no longer want, need, or can afford to house. But it hasn’t actually asked most of the people who might want continued access to them, and for most of the last year it’s kept very quiet about the process”.

“Cutting student access to the National Library’s specialist non-fiction books has been a long time coming, according to one Marlborough principal, and another says her students are losing a valuable resource. The library announced it would be cutting its curriculum topic support service from term three. Instead of being sent hard-copy books, students would instead be directed to “curated online resources”.

Meanwhile around the country a growing number (were adding unfortunately to this link farm all the time) of galleries and library’s shut.…/wellington-city-library-to-close-……/calls-to-privatise-wellington-……/upper-hutt-library-may-have-to-va……


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The 2018 sit in protest at Auckland University’s fine arts library. It made TV but not what the students were protesting about the plan to burn books literally as the collection is culled. The vice chancellor dismissed notion books would be destroyed but an A Radio New Zealand staff member “who helped close down the engineering library over a year ago told RNZ about 10,000 books were incinerated because it was the cheapest and quickest way to get rid of stock”.

No money to house books but money to buy a $5 million dollar mansion for the vice chancellor.

“A couple of years ago the University of Auckland closed a couple of its specialist libraries in the architecture and fine arts departments under the justification that the cost of keeping them open was too high and the university couldn’t afford them,” .

“At a time when students are facing severe financial hardship this is terrible. The university is funded by both taxpayers and fees from students.””……/auckland-university-confirms-li……/why-closing-the-art-libraries-a…/……/1…/the-gallery-of-all-our-dreams/



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Published by BENS WORLD – an interesting read with your coffee.
Ben has worked as investigative journalist, researcher and writers for a number of NZ/Australian publications, radio stations, as well as working for universities, NGO and commercial clients, as well as being a best selling author (State Secrets 1 & II [Return Fire]) specialising in organised crime and national security issues. With a degree in history and political science specialising in political violence and counter terrorism Ben spent six year in New Zealand Army territorial (reserves) serving in the Royal Artillery and the infantry with posting in signals, artillery intelligence, field and counter intelligence, reconnaissance and as a rifleman & platoon grenadier. Ben also has decades of experience in all aspect of the hospitality and tourism industry (from kitchen hand to marketing and promotions) through out Australasia as well a having strong root in the arts community of New Zealand’s South Island his beloved home and were he prints his own cafe publications and books . View all posts by BENS WORLD – an interesting read with your coffee.

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I have a lovely partner and 3 very active youngsters. We live in the earthquake ravaged Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch, New Zealand. I began commenting/posting on Uncensored back in early 2012 looking for discussion and answers on the cause and agendas relating to our quakes. I have always maintained an interest in ancient mysteries, UFOs, hidden agendas, geoengineering and secret societies and keep a close eye on current world events. Since 2013 I have been an active member of community, being granted admin status and publishing many blogs and discussion threads. At this time I'm now helping out with admin and moderation duties here at Uncensored where my online "life" began.

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