New Zealand

Workers and young people in Australia and New Zealand concerned by US election result

By our reporters, 15 November 2016

Many noted that Trump’s victory was a product of the deepening social crisis and a breakdown of American democracy.

Magnitude 7.8 earthquake hits New Zealand

By John Braddock, 15 November 2016

The quake has caused major damage to roads, railways and other infrastructure, and isolated small rural communities throughout the upper South Island.

Perplexity, fear in New Zealand establishment over US election

By John Braddock, 7 November 2016

Many commentators and politicians who express horror over the prospect of a Trump victory are supportive of similar right-wing policies in New Zealand.

New Zealand moves to restore relations with Fijian regime

By John Braddock, 4 November 2016

New Zealand’s welcoming of Fiji’s Prime Minister Bainimarama was aimed at advancing the geo-strategic interests of the US and its local allies against China.

New Zealand pseudo-lefts hold protests to denounce Russia

By John Braddock, 1 November 2016

The rallies were an attempt to whip up support for the US-led intervention in Syria and its reckless confrontation with Russia.

Push for harsher anti-immigrant measures in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 31 October 2016

The most significant voices in growing anti-immigrant agitation are the Unite union, which includes members of two pseudo-left groups, and the trade union-funded Daily Blog.

Report says New Zealand SAS is fighting in Iraq

By Tom Peters, 28 October 2016

The New Zealand government denied a report that the NZSAS is involved in combat operations in northern Iraq, but admitted that the elite fighting unit has visited the country.

New Zealand: The US warship visit and the fraud of Peace Action

By Tom Peters, 27 October 2016

Peace Action Wellington and Auckland Peace Action do not represent any alternative to the Greens and other organisations which have discredited themselves by embracing imperialist war preparations.

Australian government hails New Zealand’s brutal welfare system

By Tom Peters, 17 October 2016

Australia’s government is seeking to emulate policies that have pushed tens of thousands of people off welfare.

New Zealand doctors vote for nationwide strike

By John Braddock and Jeremy Lin, 11 October 2016

The doctors are joining a groundswell of opposition by health sector workers internationally to the assault on working conditions and the destruction of public health.

New Zealand Labour Party marks its centenary

By Tom Peters, 29 September 2016

Contrary to the myths advanced by Labour’s apologists, the party was never socialist. It has always defended capitalism at home and supported imperialist war abroad.

New Zealand: Ex-Green Party MP launches pseudo-left think tank

By Tom Peters, 27 September 2016

Economic and Social Research Aotearoa is a nationalist organisation, inspired by identity politics and the anti-Marxism of Syriza and Podemos.

New Zealand public meetings: The US Navy visit and the drive to war

By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 27 September 2016

The SEG and IYSSE are holding meetings in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Auckland to discuss a socialist program to fight against Washington’s war drive against China.

New Zealand: Labour Party MP leads Auckland mayoral race

By Sam Price, 23 September 2016

Like the National Party government, Goff is advocating austerity measures, asset sales, redundancies, a new fuel tax and more police officers.

New Zealand: Maori king cuts ties with Labour Party

By John Braddock, 17 September 2016

The Maori tribal head, who presides over a substantial business operation, has thrown his weight behind an electoral alliance between the Maori nationalist parties.

New Zealand: Anti-TPP protests promote economic protectionism

By our reporters, 13 September 2016

The agitation for protectionist trade policies is a reactionary turn to the economic nationalism that erupted in the 1930s and led to war.

New Zealand: Daily Blog opposes jury trials in rape cases

By Tom Peters, 9 September 2016

The statement by the union-funded blog demonstrates how hysterical denunciations of “rape culture” are helping to strengthen the state and attack democratic rights.

New Zealand unions campaign against Chinese steel imports

By Tom Peters, 7 September 2016

The nationalist demagogy is part of a push to align New Zealand with the US drive to war against China, while diverting attention from the role of the unions in job cutting.

New Zealand defence minister blames Beijing for South China Sea tension

By John Braddock, 3 September 2016

The comments indicate a shift within the government, following US Vice President Biden’s recent visit, closer to Washington’s belligerent anti-China position.

Ongoing job cutting in New Zealand

By Chris Ross, 2 September 2016

Attacks on jobs, wages and conditions are intensifying, with the collaboration of the trade unions.

New Zealand unions intensify anti-immigrant campaign

By John Braddock, 30 August 2016

The Unite union collaborates with the government’s exclusivist immigration policies while agitating for further curbs on foreign workers.

Labour Party makes empty promises to New Zealand students

By Tom Peters and Chris Ross, 29 August 2016

Despite its highly conditional pledges, Labour has no intention of reducing ballooning debt and poverty among students.

New Zealand: Thousands infected by contaminated water in Havelock North

By Tom Peters, 27 August 2016

The precise source of the contamination is not yet known, but waterways have become highly polluted due to intensive and unregulated farming.

Cross-party support for sweeping spy powers in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 26 August 2016

The ruling elite is erecting the foundations for a police state in preparation to confront social and political opposition.

New Zealand: WWI Home Front exhibition buries mass opposition to war

By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 22 August 2016

The exhibition about life “at home” during World War I hails New Zealand’s contribution to the war and covers up the opposition that emerged in the working class.

Families of New Zealand mine disaster victims seek justice

By Tom Peters, 15 August 2016

Sonya Rockhouse and Anna Osborne, who lost family members in the 2010 Pike River explosion, are seeking a judicial review of the decision to drop charges against CEO Peter Whittall.

New Zealand ‘Rich List’ dominated by property speculators

By John Braddock, 4 August 2016

Big investors have seen “huge gains” to their share portfolios, while the property boom has “seeded fortunes for astute and opportune investors.”

New Zealand rail union pushes pro-company collective agreement

By our correspondent, 3 August 2016

The Greater Wellington Regional Council is demanding $100 million in cost-cutting, which will be imposed by Transdev through attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.

New Zealand’s Maori nationalist parties discuss bloc for 2017 election

By John Braddock, 1 August 2016

The talks are driven by ambitions within both parties for a more direct role in government, whoever wins the next election

New Zealand Greens celebrate US warship visit

By Tom Peters, 28 July 2016

The embrace of the US military by the Greens and its supporters points to a further shift to the right by this party.

Two more shootings by New Zealand police

By Chris Ross, 25 July 2016

The shooting of two men in separate incidents is part of an increasing resort to lethal force by police in response to the social crisis.

Biden confirms US warship will visit New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 22 July 2016

The American visit, the first in more than 30 years, represents a significant further step in New Zealand’s integration into US war preparations against China.

Biden visits New Zealand to strengthen military ties

By John Braddock, 21 July 2016

New Zealand’s balancing act between China, its second largest trading partner, and the US, its chief strategic ally, is becoming increasingly unsustainable.

Deep concerns in New Zealand ruling elite over Brexit vote

By John Braddock, 18 July 2016

Running through much of the media commentary is a growing alarm about potential instability, as well as a seething hostility to the working class.

Deepening social inequality in New Zealand

By Tom Peters and Chris Ross, 8 July 2016

The richest 10 percent now control 60 percent of the country’s wealth, while the working class is suffering from soaring housing costs and cuts to welfare services.

New Zealand pseudo-lefts silent on Maoist alliance with Philippine president

By Tom Peters, 5 July 2016

Fightback and Redline have long promoted the CPP, which has now taken cabinet posts in the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, a fascistic figure.

New Zealand extends military deployment in Iraq

By Tom Peters, 27 June 2016

Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, New Zealand soldiers are assisting the predatory US war to dominate the Middle East.

25 April: Animated documentary on New Zealand’s role in the Gallipoli invasion

By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 25 June 2016

The film shows the horrors of war but fails to challenge the nationalist mythology surrounding the Anzacs.

New Zealand: Family denounces “cold-blooded execution” by police

By Chris Ross, 22 June 2016

As New Zealand’s social crisis worsens, the police are increasingly resorting to deadly force.

New Zealand PM’s diplomatic debacle in Fiji

By John Braddock, 21 June 2016

Bainimarama bluntly refused to accede to NZ Prime Minister Key’s agenda.

New Zealand First demonises Muslim immigrants

By Jeremy Lin and Tom Peters, 20 June 2016

The Labour Party and the Greens hypocritically tried to distance themselves from the NZ First leader’s inflammatory and xenophobic statements.

New Zealand Defence White Paper prepares for war

By Tom Peters, 17 June 2016

Military upgrades worth $20 billion will support US-led war preparations against China and New Zealand’s own imperialist interests in the Pacific and elsewhere.

New Zealand: Labour, Greens sign Memorandum of Understanding

By Tom Peters, 15 June 2016

Claims that the Labour-Greens alliance offers a “progressive alternative” to the National Party government are a fraud.

Defend the rights of New Zealanders in Australia! Support the Socialist Equality Party!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 11 June 2016

The SEP is the only party in the Australian election that intransigently opposes all forms of nationalism and defends the basic rights of refugees and immigrants.

Vicious media campaign in New Zealand over child abuse

By Chris Ross, 9 June 2016

The death of three-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri has been seized on to vilify the most poverty-stricken layers of society.

New Zealand government, opposition housing policies grossly inadequate

By Tom Peters, 2 June 2016

Proposals by the National Party government as well as the opposition Labour Party and the Greens do not even begin to address the country's homelessness crisis.

New Zealand budget: Cuts to basic services, billions for the military

By Tom Peters, 27 May 2016

The budget does nothing to address the crisis in health, education and housing, while significantly increasing spending to prepare the country for war.

Spate of deaths in New Zealand’s forestry industry

By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 24 May 2016

Four workers and one child have died at forestry sites so far this year, exposing claims that the industry’s safety record has improved since 10 workers died in 2013.

Panama Papers: Further revelations about New Zealand’s role as a tax haven

By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 19 May 2016

Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca promoted New Zealand to its wealthy clients, including some allegedly involved in illegal activity and one who assisted in the looting of Iraq.

New Zealand’s housing affordability crisis worsens

By Tom Peters and Jeremy Lin, 13 May 2016

The political establishment is scapegoating foreigners, especially Chinese, for the unstable property bubble and lack of affordable housing.

New Zealand Labour Party leader visits Iraq

By Tom Peters, 6 May 2016

Andrew Little praised New Zealand’s troops in Iraq and pushed for their mission to be extended, underscoring the fraud of Labour’s vote against the deployment last year.

On Anzac Day, New Zealand leaders talk peace, prepare for war

By Tom Peters, 29 April 2016

A century after the bloody Gallipoli campaign in World War I, the New Zealand ruling class is once again preparing to support imperialist war.

New Zealand’s healthcare crisis worsens

By Tom Peters, 25 April 2016

Thousands of people are on hospital waiting lists, or being denied essential surgical operations or mental health treatment, due to government funding cuts.

New Zealand prime minister visits China amid tensions over South China Sea

By John Braddock, 22 April 2016

While seeking to preserve cordial relations with China, its second largest trading partner, the New Zealand ruling elite is committed to the US anti-China “pivot.”

New Zealand government plans major increase in military spending

By Tom Peters, 20 April 2016

The expansion is aimed at further incorporating New Zealand into Washington’s plans for war against China.

Wave of closures and job cuts under way in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 18 April 2016

The global slowdown is impacting across the board with jobs being destroyed in the public sector, manufacturing and retail.

Panama Papers reveal New Zealand is a tax haven for world’s elites

By John Braddock, 15 April 2016

Successive Labour and National governments are responsible for New Zealand laws that allow foreign trusts to carry out massive tax avoidance.

New Zealand First proposes army training for unemployed youth

By Tom Peters, 8 April 2016

The trade union-funded Daily Blog enthusiastically endorsed the proposal, reflecting the support for militarism and nationalism by Labour and the union bureaucracy.

New Zealand university professor subjected to pro-Zionist witch-hunt

By John Braddock, 6 April 2016

Academic Scott Poynting has been forced to take “study leave,” pending retirement, for likening the Israeli persecution of Palestinians to the Nazi treatment of Jews.

New Zealand voters reject flag change in referendum

By Matthew Carrington and Tom Peters, 4 April 2016

The government and opposition sought to use the flag issue to whip up nationalism and encourage unquestioning respect for the military.

New layoffs in New Zealand meat processing

By John Braddock, 31 March 2016

A new round of restructuring within the New Zealand meat processing industry is underway.

New Zealand Labour Party leader attacks Asian immigrants

By John Braddock, 28 March 2016

Opposition leader Andrew Little singled out Indian and Chinese chefs as scapegoats for rising unemployment and worsening living standards.

Escalating crisis hits New Zealand dairy industry

By John Braddock, 26 March 2016

The crisis in the New Zealand dairy industry following severe cuts to milk prices is a symptom of a broader economic slump.

New Zealand government plans further expansion of spy powers

By Tom Peters, 19 March 2016

Backed by the Labour Party, the government is preparing to effectively merge the internal and external spy agencies and remove restrictions on mass surveillance.

New Zealand: Anti-TPP protests promote Maori nationalism

By Tom Peters, 10 March 2016

At protests against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the opposition parties have promoted Maori identity politics to block a unified struggle by workers against austerity and war.

Fiji cyclone: Australian and New Zealand military mobilised for “humanitarian” relief

By Richard Phillips, 8 March 2016

While thousands of Fijians desperately need assistance, Canberra and Wellington have seized on the disaster to advance their own geo-strategic interests.

New Zealand: Five years after the Christchurch earthquake

By Tom Peters and Matthew Carrington, 1 March 2016

Thousands of residents have been abandoned by the government, which has protected the interests of big business, including the insurance industry.

Fiji orders second arms consignment from Russia

By John Braddock, 20 February 2016

Moves by Russia to establish itself as a Pacific power, in response to the US drive to dominate the region, will only heighten tensions in the Asia Pacific.

Rising school costs deepen class divide in New Zealand education

By John Braddock, 16 February 2016

Public education is supposed to be free, but families are being pressured to give more money to schools every year.

Trans-Pacific Partnership signed in New Zealand amid mass protests

By Tom Peters, 10 February 2016

The protest organisers do not speak for the working class but express the interests of less competitive sections of business that fear losing out to global rivals.

New Zealand to host signing of Trans-Pacific Partnership

By Tom Peters, 4 February 2016

New Zealand’s opposition parties are leading a nationalist campaign against the TPP, but the entire political establishment backs the country’s integration into US war plans against China.

New Zealand’s first Labour Party leader was no socialist: A reply to the pseudo-left ISO

By Tom Peters, 4 February 2016

The claim that NZ Labour was founded as a socialist party in 1916 is a fabrication designed to justify the pseudo-left’s support for this pro-imperialist party.

New Zealand government arrests alleged student loan defaulter

By Tom Peters, 27 January 2016

The arrest of Ngatokotoru Puna sets the stage for more attacks on thousands of students and former students, who owe a combined total of $14.8 billion.

US threatens to withdraw from major Pacific fisheries treaty

By John Braddock, 25 January 2016

The US withdrawal from the 27-year-old Tuna Treaty threatens to devastate the economies of many small island states.

New Zealand’s healthcare crisis

By Tom Peters, 15 January 2016

As a result of the government’s austerity measures thousands of people are being denied vital operations, health workers’ wages have been cut and many people cannot afford prescription medicines.

New Zealand court approves Kim Dotcom’s extradition to the US

By John Braddock, 8 January 2016

The ruling is a significant legal victory for the US and New Zealand’s National Party government, which has operated in concert with Washington throughout the affair.

Deepening social crisis in New Zealand

By Jeremy Lin, 6 January 2016

A series of recent reports paint a grim picture of worsening poverty and social inequality.

Private operator to run New Zealand capital’s rail service

By our correspondent, 31 December 2015

Despite the denials of the trade unions, rail workers face a new round of attacks on jobs and conditions.

Widespread abstention in New Zealand flag referendum

By Sam Price, 29 December 2015

The opposition to the referendum reflects hostility to the promotion of nationalism and militarism to divert attention from social inequality.

NZ Labour leader calls for “troops on the ground” to fight ISIS

By John Braddock, 23 December 2015

Little’s announcement that Labour would support sending elite SAS troops to the Middle East is fully in line with the demands of US imperialism.

Inhumane conditions in privately run New Zealand prison

By Tom Peters, 19 December 2015

The government has been forced to announce that it will not renew Serco’s contract to run Mount Eden Prison.

An interview with Ted Dawe, author of Into the River

By Tom Peters, 9 December 2015

Dawe’s novel has been attacked in the media and by fundamentalist Christians because of its realistic depiction of New Zealand society, from the point of view of a working-class Maori teenager.

New Zealand: Five years after the Pike River mine disaster

By Tom Peters, 27 November 2015

No one has been brought to justice because the company, successive governments and the unions are all complicit in the unsafe conditions that led to the tragedy.

NZ-US military exercise rehearses for incursion into Pacific

By John Braddock, 24 November 2015

The war games are a sharp warning to the tiny states throughout the Pacific of what is in store if they defy the US-led drive against China.

New Zealand: Anti-TPP protest organisers silent on war preparations against China

By our reporters, 17 November 2015

Speakers opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a nationalist basis, while supporting New Zealand’s alliance with US militarism.

Oppose the TPP and the drive to war against China!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 13 November 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the economic spearhead of Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia,” aimed at undermining China’s influence and preparing for war.

Ted Dawe’s Into the River: A compelling portrait of life for a working-class teenager in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 10 November 2015

The novel has been attacked by fundamentalist Christians, the media and the state because of its realistic depiction of social inequality, racism and class oppression.

Australian PM refuses to halt deportations of New Zealanders

By Tom Peters, 26 October 2015

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bluntly rejected a request to end the removal of New Zealand-born Australian residents who have received prison sentences.

Record suicide toll in New Zealand

By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 21 October 2015

Suicides are most prevalent among young people, the unemployed and those in impoverished parts of the country.

New Zealand union collaborates in cuts to mining and steel jobs

By Tom Peters, 16 October 2015

As part of its restructuring, Solid Energy has announced the closure of its Huntly East Mine.

Witness to New Zealand police shooting: “It was not necessary to kill that man”

By our reporters, 13 October 2015

The WSWS spoke to Christian Haider, who witnessed the killing of Pera Smiler by police in Upper Hutt.

Death in custody highlights Australia’s brutal deportation of New Zealand citizens

By Tom Peters, 6 October 2015

Junior Togatuki, who was found dead in his prison cell, was one of hundreds of long-term Australian residents being deported to New Zealand under a draconian new policy.

New Zealand: Solid Energy privatisation threatens hundreds of jobs

By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 3 October 2015

The state-owned coal mining company has agreed to a “gradual” sell-off that threatens over 700 workers.

New Zealand Maori leaders embrace charter schools

By John Braddock, 1 October 2015

The push for charter schools exposes the right-wing trajectory of the Maori elite and the fraud of “self-determination.”

New Zealand suspends aid to Nauru

By John Braddock, 28 September 2015

Amid growing protests against the Nauru government, New Zealand’s bullying is aimed at bolstering its own neo-colonial interests.

New Zealand: Socialist Aotearoa supports US-led war in Syria

By Tom Peters, 23 September 2015

Echoing pseudo-left organisations internationally, Socialist Aotearoa used last week’s pro-refugee demonstration in Auckland to promote the imperialist intervention in Syria.

Outrage over banning of New Zealand novel Into the River

By Tom Peters, 19 September 2015

The decision to ban the popular novel after a complaint by a fundamentalist Christian group is an attack on democratic rights.

Spate of killings by New Zealand police

By Tom Peters, 18 September 2015

As social tensions rise, the government’s response is to expand the prison system and boost the police, including by arming them with more deadly weapons.

Australia, New Zealand reject stronger climate measures at Pacific Islands Forum

By John Braddock, 15 September 2015

Many of the small Pacific Island states are low-lying and particularly vulnerable to the rising sea levels produced by higher global temperatures.

Another wave of job cuts in New Zealand

By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 14 September 2015

A relentless corporate-government assault on jobs and working conditions is underway in response to the global economic crisis.