About

General information about the Fabians

The Fabian Society is an independent membership-based organisation that aims to provide a forum for education and debate on progressive policy priorities by providing quality events, publications and research.  Via a series of lectures and seminars, we will provide a forum for critiquing the prevailing economic orthodoxy and the advocacy of viable alternatives.

Fabian Societies have been established and been active in New Zealand from time to time; in Christchurch in the late 19th century, and in Auckland in the 1940s and 1950s. Peter Fraser and Walter Nash extablished the Wellington Fabain Society in 1934 with the express purpse of hearing a lecture from Bernard Shaw, then visiting New Zealand. 

The New Zealand Fabian Society was established in 2009 as an Incorporated Society, with branches currently active in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Fabian Societies have helped develop an independent social-democratic tradition throughout the 20th century in English-speaking countries, particularly Britain and Australia. 

While independent of other Fabian groups, the New Zealand Fabian Society aims to generate and disseminate ideas that are original, meet the challenge of the times, and are of high quality. Our values are that we are independent of all political parties, open and progressive. We do not believe that “There is no alternative”; rather that there are not enough alternatives. Our motto is “Inciting debate – Wero o te ahi”.

 

 

Vision

  • The advancement of New Zealand Society through progressive education and debate.

 

Mission

  • We aim to change the intellectual climate by making progressive thinking commonplace.
  • We will be at the forefront of education and debate about progressive ideas and policy reforms.
  • Provide information to members to encourage progressive reforms and practice.
It matters to all New Zealanders because
  • For the sake of our country's future, we need new ideas and broader public debate
  • We believe in a positive responsibility to ask difficult questions - and if necessary to propose difficult answers

 

The Fabian Society is an independent membership-based policy forum that aims to provide a forum for education and debate on progressive policy priorities by providing quality events, publications and research.  Initially, we will focus on the fundamental requirement that New Zealand shapes a sustainable economic future for itself. Via a series of lectures and seminars, we will provide a forum for critiquing the prevailing economic orthodoxy and the advocacy of viable alternatives and reforms.

Although the Fabian Society is new to New Zealand
  • Fabian societies have been long active in the UK and Australia.
  • The NZ Fabians build on over a century of progressive debate.
  • The Fabian tradition is one of promoting free and open debate on progressive policies and ideas.
  • It is independent of any political party.