Story: Communes and communities


A resident picks apples at Beeville, near Morrinsville, in a 1970s photo by Ans Westra. Founded in 1933, the anarchist community of Beeville grew out of the extended family of Ray Hansen. Honey production provided a major part of the community's income – hence the name Beeville.

Listen to Beeville founder Ray Hansen talk about the community's ethos of responsible individual freedom, which sometimes led it into conflict with authority, particularly over military service and taxes.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Beeville/Reference number sa-t-0745-pm).

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: O.008998
Photograph by Ans Westra

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Caren Wilton, 'Communes and communities - Early communities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 January 2018)

Story by Caren Wilton, published 5 May 2011