By John Braddock, 31 July 2018
The Labour government’s military deployment is a sharp warning to the resurgent working class as to what the ruling elite has in store.
By John Braddock, 26 July 2018
The latest offer to public hospital nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives is virtually identical to offers they rejected before the July 12 nationwide strike.
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 25 July 2018
The SEG calls on health workers to break from the pro-capitalist trade unions and form rank-and-file committees to unite the working class against the Labour-led government’s austerity policies.
By our correspondents, 24 July 2018
Bus drivers are facing attacks on jobs, wages and conditions by private operators contracted by the Labour Party-led Wellington Council.
By John Braddock, 20 July 2018
The on-line blog hails the government’s military upgrade in preparation to join US-led aggression against China.
By John Braddock, 18 July 2018
The inquiry was part of a damage limitation campaign following revelations by Edward Snowden.
By John Braddock, 17 July 2018
Peters’ speech underscored the strengthening alliance between the Labour-led government and the US in confronting China across the Asia-Pacific.
By our reporters, 17 July 2018
The SEG’s forum, which included New Zealand and Australian workers, discussed the political lessons of the July 12 strike by 30,000 nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives.
By our reporters, 14 July 2018
The first cross-department public sector strike for over a decade, was held three days before the 24-hour nationwide nurses’ strike.
By our reporters, 13 July 2018
Nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives in public hospitals struck for 24 hours yesterday after rejecting a sellout deal backed by the union.
Open letter to NZ nurses’ Facebook group: Reverse the ban on WSWS articles and criticisms of the union
By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 12 July 2018
In the lead-up to today’s nationwide strike by health workers, the administrators of “New Zealand, please hear our voice” deleted WSWS articles and many comments criticising the union’s attempt to shut down the movement.
Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) to hold online forum: The way forward for nurses and health workers
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 11 July 2018
The online meeting will discuss a socialist strategy to fight for decent and well-funded public health services, in opposition to the Labour Party-led government and the nurses’ union.
By John Braddock, 11 July 2018
In line with the US Trump administration, the NZ Labour-led government is preparing for war abroad and class war at home.
By Tom Peters, 10 July 2018
Nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives in public hospitals are preparing for a nationwide strike on Thursday, after rejecting a sellout offer recommended by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.
By Tom Peters, 7 July 2018
Nurses denounced the union-backed proposed agreement, which keeps wages low and maintains severe under-staffing of hospitals.
By Tom Peters, 6 July 2018
There is widespread anger as the nursing trade union tries to prevent a strike and impose an agreement that maintains low pay and hospital understaffing.
By Tom Peters, 3 July 2018
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has cancelled one of two scheduled strikes and is seeking to impose a sell-out deal, virtually identical to that rejected by nurses and other health workers last month.
By Sam Price, 30 June 2018
University of Auckland authorities have responded to a funding freeze by the Labour government by announcing the shutdown of three specialist libraries and job cuts.
By John Braddock, 27 June 2018
The orchestrated fawning over the “First Child” is designed to divert attention from the sharpening class struggle within New Zealand and increasing global turmoil.
By Tom Peters, 22 June 2018
The nurses’ union is desperately seeking to avoid two 24-hour strikes scheduled for next month.
By our reporters, 20 June 2018
Tom Peters from the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) addressed a rally outside the Australian High Commission in Wellington to demand that the Australian government secure Assange’s freedom.
By John Braddock, 15 June 2018
The “Fair Pay Agreements” framework, supported by the unions, will outlaw stoppages across entire industries during wage negotiations.
By our reporters, 12 June 2018
“Assange is a symbol of freedom of speech and justice for ordinary people. It is critical that we free him.”
By Sam Price, 8 June 2018
Patients across the country are suffering because successive governments have starved the healthcare system of funds.
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 7 June 2018
The SEG calls on health workers to break from the unions, build new organisations and fight to unite the working class against the Labour government’s pro-business agenda.
By John Braddock, 31 May 2018
New Zealand governments have sought to maintain an ever-more fraught balancing act between its traditional military alliance with the US and economic reliance on China.
By Tom Peters, 30 May 2018
Public hospital nurses and other health workers are fighting an effective wage freeze by the Labour Party-led government.
By Tom Peters, 22 May 2018
The budget drastically underfunds health, education, welfare and housing, while boosting the military, police and prisons.
By our reporters, 15 May 2018
Thousands marched in 15 towns and cities to demand better pay and conditions.
By John Braddock, 14 May 2018
Some 50,000 NZ teachers are set to follow their counterparts in the United States and other countries in the fight for jobs, decent wages and working conditions.
By John Braddock, 12 May 2018
The increased spending is aimed at pushing back against growing Chinese influence in the region.
The way forward for New Zealand nurses: Break from the unions! Unite the working class against the Labour government!
By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 10 May 2018
The fight by nurses and other health workers for decent wages and conditions must be consciously directed against the Labour Party government and the pro-capitalist trade unions.
By Tom Peters, 8 May 2018
The Changeover, highly praised in New Zealand, is a formulaic supernatural teen romance imbued with definite class prejudices.
By Sam Price, 4 May 2018
The police and judicial system is shielding those responsible for the Canterbury Television crash during the 2011 earthquake.
By Tom Peters, 3 May 2018
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is seeking to reach a sellout deal with the Labour Party government to avoid any campaign for better wages and conditions.
By Tom Peters, 28 April 2018
Jacinda Ardern sought increased military cooperation with France and Britain in the Pacific, to push back against China’s strategic and economic influence.
By our correspondent, 26 April 2018
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union has imposed a deal that attacks wages, jobs and conditions.
By our reporter, 24 April 2018
The speaker explained that censorship and the persecution of WikiLeaks was the response to opposition to war and social inequality.
By Mike Head, 23 April 2018
The CHOGM gathering saw a concerted drive to transform the 53-member grouping, long regarded as an imperial relic, into a confrontational vehicle.
By Tom Peters, 18 April 2018
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is working with the Labour Party-led government to prevent a strike after nurses rejected a sellout deal.
By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 17 April 2018
The Ardern government’s response underscores that it is prepared to take the country into a catastrophic war instigated by its US and European allies.
By John Braddock, 11 April 2018
Michael Bott said that an automatic “believe the victim” starting point in a prosecution “can and must have no place in criminal trials.”
By Tom Peters, 5 April 2018
NZ’s Labour Party-led government is under pressure from the opposition National Party, the media and Australia to fully line up with war preparations against Russia.
By John Braddock, 31 March 2018
The media has deliberately inflated an apparently minor incident into a major national issue as a warning to Labour to press ahead with an agenda of austerity and war preparations.
By Tom Peters, 30 March 2018
Public health nurses have voted against a 2 percent pay increase, an effective wage freeze, negotiated by their trade union.
By John Braddock, 26 March 2018
Britain’s High Commissioner to NZ has successfully pushed the Ardern government to cancel planned free trade talks with Russia.
By Tom Peters, 21 March 2018
Seven years after the 2011 earthquake, thousands of houses are still damaged and insurance claims unresolved.
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 16 March 2018
The RMTU, private companies Transdev and Hyundai Rotem, and the Greater Wellington Regional Council want to impose a pro-business deal that freezes wages and paves the way for job cuts.
By Tom Peters, 12 March 2018
Prime Minister Ardern’s government has outlined a strategy to reassert neo-colonial hegemony over the South Pacific and push back Chinese influence.
10 March 2018
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By Tom Peters, 7 March 2018
National Party leader Bill English’s resignation followed criticism from the US ambassador of his government’s refusal to fully endorse Trump’s warmongering against North Korea.
By John Braddock, 3 March 2018
As leader of NewLabour and the Alliance, Anderton played a critical role defending the capitalist order by blocking any rebellion against the Labour government.
By Sam Price, 2 March 2018
Successive governments falsely claimed that New Zealand soldiers in Iraq are engaged in a training capacity.
By John Braddock, 1 March 2018
The government’s investigation into claims of Chinese “intimidation” of an academic points to a state intelligence operation.
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 28 February 2018
The trade unions in both New Zealand and Australia are seeking to isolate workers in each country from each other in order to facilitate further attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Sam Price, 23 February 2018
The ongoing job destruction exposes the Labour Party-led government’s claims that it will raise living standards.
By our correspondents, 21 February 2018
Wellington’s passenger rail service has been repeatedly crippled by infrastructure failures this year.
By Tom Peters, 19 February 2018
The Labour Party-led government has handed millions of dollars to Maori tribal capitalists, while offering empty promises to tackle inequality.
Families’ spokesman on New Zealand earthquake building collapse: “Are there people who are above the law?”
By Sam Price, 6 February 2018
Maan Alkaisi, whose wife died when the CTV building crumbled during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, condemned the police decision not to prosecute anyone over the disaster.
By Mike Head, 25 January 2018
The “TPP 11” announcement points to the increasing isolation of the US, and the escalating tensions between the rival capitalist powers.
By Tom Peters, 25 January 2018
Prime Minister Ardern’s announcement prompted an avalanche of praise and glorification of her Labour Party government.
By Tom Peters, 17 January 2018
New Zealanders who have spent most of their lives in Australia are being detained and expelled for minor offences or on “character” grounds.
By Tom Peters, 15 January 2018
For decades the Security Intelligence Service accessed Customs data illegally to monitor people entering the country.
By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 9 January 2018
No one has been held accountable for the unsafe design of the CTV building, which collapsed in the 2011 earthquake killing 115 people.
By Tom Peters, 6 January 2018
The Labour Party-led government has no intention of holding any corporate leaders responsible for the 2010 explosion that killed 29 people.
By Sam Price, 4 January 2018
The Labour-led government is scapegoating international students, along with immigrants, to divert attention from the real source of the social crisis.
By Tom Peters, 30 December 2017
The Labour-led government’s meagre welfare increases and social spending are subordinate to keeping corporate taxes low and upgrading the military.
By Tom Peters, 28 December 2017
Deputy Prime Minister Peters denounced Yang as a “Manchurian candidate.”
By our reporters, 22 December 2017
The Labour Party-aligned Auckland and Wellington councils are moving to axe jobs and working conditions.
By John Braddock, 8 December 2017
The witch-hunt campaign against Ghahraman over her legitimate activities as a defence lawyer is aimed at undermining basic rights, stoking nationalism and preparing for war.
By Chris Ross and John Braddock, 6 December 2017
An investigative media report into police killings has highlighted the extraordinary powers that the police already have and their disregard for human life.
By our reporters, 30 November 2017
The centenary meeting in Auckland was organized by the only political tendency fighting to build a party in New Zealand based on the perspective and program that guided the Bolshevik revolution 100 years ago.
By our reporters, 22 November 2017
Rail workers struck for 24 hours over attacks on conditions by the private transport companies contracted by the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
By John Braddock, 21 November 2017
The aim of stirring up paranoia over China is to pressure the incoming government to further align itself with Washington’s drive to war.
By John Braddock, 14 November 2017
Trotter’s denunciations of the Russian Revolution as a “coup d’état” are motivated by contemporary political concerns.
By John Braddock, 10 November 2017
Labour Prime Minister Ardern, with trade union approval, has threatened to further proscribe the right to strike.
By Tom Peters, 9 November 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has endorsed the war in Iraq, threats against North Korea and Australia’s brutal treatment of asylum seekers.
By Tom Peters, 7 November 2017
The recently-installed Labour-New Zealand First-Greens coalition is scapegoating immigrants for the social crisis, while promoting militarism and war.
By John Braddock, 4 November 2017
The line-up of pro-Labour commentators, trade unions and pseudo-left groups is fraudulently portraying the Labour-led coalition government as “progressive” and “left wing.”
By Sam Price, 3 November 2017
Underfunding of health care by successive National and Labour governments has contributed to shortened lives and baby deaths.
By our reporters, 2 November 2017
The meeting in Wellington discussed the danger of world war, the right-wing character of the new government and the need to build a New Zealand section of the ICFI.
Meeting in Sydney on December 17
28 October 2017
The Russian Revolution stands as irrefutable proof that the working class—providing it is guided by a genuine Marxist perspective and leadership—can overthrow the outmoded social relations of capitalism.
By Tom Peters, 25 October 2017
Despite winning just nine seats, the right-wing and anti-China NZ First has been given the key roles of deputy prime minister, foreign minister and defence minister.
By John Braddock, 23 October 2017
The ongoing silence serves to protect the legal and financial position of the company at the expense of workers.
By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 20 October 2017
The Labour Party’s coalition with New Zealand First is tasked with aligning with Washington against China and imposing deeper austerity measures.
By Tom Peters, 18 October 2017
Ambassador Scott Brown has stressed New Zealand’s importance as a US ally and defended Trump’s threats of war against North Korea.
By Tom Peters, 14 October 2017
Three weeks after the election the right-wing, anti-immigrant NZ First still has not decided whether to form a coalition with the National Party or Labour and the Greens.
By our reporters, 13 October 2017
A two-hour work stoppage was called to lay the basis for another union-employer sellout deal.
By Tom Peters, 10 October 2017
Families of some of the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike River Coal mine explosion are opposing the decision to drop charges against CEO Peter Whittall.
By Tom Peters, 9 October 2017
The right-wing New Zealand First, backed by the Labour Party and the trade unions, is pressing for a closer alignment with US war preparations against China.
By our reporters, 5 October 2017
“Whichever party makes up the next New Zealand government with NZ First’s Winston Peters, it will be devoted to attacking workers and preparing for war alongside US imperialism.”
By our reporters, 5 October 2017
The meeting discussed the socialist and internationalist program necessary to mobilise workers against the preparations for war and the anti-Chinese campaign initiated in the lead up to the election.
By John Braddock, 3 October 2017
The right-wing, anti-immigrant NZ First is only able to play the role of kingmaker because it has been relentlessly promoted by Labour, the Greens, and pseudo-lefts as “progressive.”
By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 29 September 2017
Butson, national secretary of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU), responded angrily to a WSWS article exposing the union’s complicity in attacks on workers.
By John Braddock, 27 September 2017
The week-long fuel crisis exposed the precarious state of infrastructure and the government’s growing use of the military to deal with domestic problems.
By our correspondents, 26 September 2017
Socialist Equality Group members spoke with people who were deeply concerned about homelessness, suicide statistics and the drive to war.
By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 25 September 2017
The incumbent National Party and the opposition Labour Party are both negotiating with the right-wing, anti-Asian NZ First Party to form a coalition government.
By John Braddock, 23 September 2017
The final election debate between Labour and National Party leaders demonstrated that whichever party is elected will deepen the attacks on working people.
By Tom Peters, 22 September 2017
The campaign against Chinese “influence” is intended to shift New Zealand into even closer support for US-led war preparations in Asia.
By Tom Peters and Daniel Bradley, 21 September 2017
Labour’s promise of three years’ tuition-free tertiary education would be fully implemented only in 2024.