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In New Zealand law, the crime of sabotage first appears in the Crimes Act 1961, one of many crimes deemed treasonous to the Queen and state. Yet sabotage has a much older history in New Zealand. Its local story encompasses machine breaking by disgruntled farm labourers, rural arson (aka “incendiarism”), industrial sabotage and responses to the First World War. Writing for The Spinoff, ‘A brief history of sabotage in New Zealand’ explores this history.