New Zealand

Union collaborates in attacks on New Zealand Steel workers

By Tom Peters, 29 August 2015

BlueScope Steel is threatening to shut down its Glenbrook steel plant in New Zealand and axe over 1,000 jobs.

New Zealand rail company prepares further job cuts

By our reporter, 22 August 2015

Successive Labour and National-led governments, assisted by the unions, have already devastated the railway system over the past three decades.

New Zealand: Thousands protest Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

By our reporters, 18 August 2015

The anti-TPP campaign is working overtime to divert opposition into reactionary nationalist and protectionist channels.

“Ferocious” slump in dairy prices rocks New Zealand economy

By John Braddock, 17 August 2015

New Zealand’s biggest company has announced a deep cut in its payout to dairy farmers amid a sharp downturn on world markets.

The curious career of Cheryl Gwyn, New Zealand’s inspector-general of intelligence and security

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 15 August 2015

Gwyn, who oversees New Zealand’s state spy apparatus, was once a member of the Pabloite Socialist Action League.

New Zealand Meat Workers Union calls off two-day strike

By John Braddock, 12 August 2015

The unions have been operating from the outset to isolate and wear down workers in the protracted 18-month dispute over AFFCO’s demands for further cuts to working conditions.

New Zealand government digs in after breakdown of US-led trade talks

By John Braddock, 8 August 2015

Protectionist opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership declared their satisfaction over the collapse of the negotiations.

New Zealand: Mana Party supports Labour’s anti-Chinese campaign

By Tom Peters, 5 August 2015

In an attempt to whip up xenophobia, the Maori nationalist party asserted that “people of Asian descent are buying too many homes.”

New Zealand Labour Party scapegoats Chinese over housing crisis

By John Braddock, 18 July 2015

Labour’s xenophobic anti-Chinese campaigns dovetail with moves by Washington to integrate New Zealand into its “pivot” against China.

New Zealand: Thousands forced to live in accommodation “outside the norm”

By John Braddock, 13 July 2015

According to Statistics NZ, almost 100,000 people are living in institutions, hotels, caravans, motor camps, boarding houses and even garages.

New Zealand First Party attacks Pacific Island immigrants

By Matthew Carrington and Tom Peters, 11 July 2015

Emboldened by the support it receives from Labour, the Greens and Mana, New Zealand First’s denunciations of foreigners are increasingly vicious.

New Zealand government complicit in Australia’s persecution of refugees

By Tom Peters, 19 June 2015

Prime Minister Key defended Australian officials for intercepting 65 asylum seekers bound for New Zealand and sending them on a life-threatening voyage back to Indonesia.

New Zealand toddler’s death linked to run-down public housing

By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 13 June 2015

The fate of two-year-old Emma-Lita Bourne in South Auckland highlights the appalling conditions faced by tens of thousands of families in public housing.

Another austerity budget in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 27 May 2015

While claiming to support the poor, the government continues to impose the cost of the economic crisis on the working class.

New Zealand: State-owned mining company announces job cuts

By Chris Ross, 12 May 2015

The opposition Labour Party and the trade union bureaucracy are helping impose 151 job cuts at Solid Energy’s Stockton Mine.

Australia’s Anzac celebrations and the fight against war

By Nick Beams, 28 April 2015

The meetings of the SEP (Australia), held in the teeth of an official campaign to glorify militarism and attempts to prevent them from taking place, gave conscious political expression to opposition to war and attacks on democratic rights.

Warnings of an economic downturn in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 23 April 2015

The out-of-control housing market is another example of how the financial elite continue to engage in the same parasitic activity that led to the 2008 financial crash.

New Zealand’s WWI exhibitions falsify history and glorify war for a new generation

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 22 April 2015

Two exhibitions designed by filmmakers Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor cover up the causes of WWI and the working-class opposition to war.

New Zealand shared intelligence with Bangladesh’s repressive agencies

By Tom Peters, 18 April 2015

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that NZ’s spy agency, the GCSB, has supported Bangladesh’s notorious security apparatus for at least 12 years.

Australian government dispatches 330 more troops to Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2015

While denying any further expansion of the Australian role in the US-led war, Prime Minister Abbott said such matters were under “constant review.”

New Zealanders shun Camp Gallipoli WWI celebration

By Tom Peters, 10 April 2015

The Camp Gallipoli debacle reflects widespread anti-war sentiment among ordinary people who are hostile to the campaign to glorify World War I.

New Zealand: Sham inquiry established into spying revelations

By Tom Peters, 7 April 2015

The aim of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s investigation is to whitewash the mass surveillance carried out by the Government Communications Security Bureau.

New Zealand: International Socialist Organisation leaves Mana Party

By Tom Peters, 6 April 2015

The pseudo-left ISO has no principled political differences with the capitalist Mana Party and hopes to continue collaborating with it.

Opposition celebrates anti-immigrant New Zealand First’s by-election victory

By Tom Peters, 31 March 2015

The opposition Labour, Green and Mana parties have embraced NZ First’s anti-Chinese xenophobia.

Opposition parties promote anti-immigrant New Zealand First

By John Braddock, 26 March 2015

This chauvinist campaign dovetails with US moves to incorporate New Zealand more fully into its anti-China operations.

New documents expose New Zealand surveillance of Solomon Islands

By Tom Peters, 24 March 2015

New Zealand spies on the Solomons and other Pacific countries to defend its imperialist interests in the region.

Snowden documents reveal New Zealand’s spying on China

By Tom Peters, 14 March 2015

The government has attempted to suppress discussion of the revelations, which point to New Zealand’s collaboration with the US “pivot to Asia,” aimed at militarily encircling China.

Protests in New Zealand against Trans Pacific Partnership

By John Braddock, 12 March 2015

The anti-TPP campaign organisers represent sections of business that fear their interests and profits will be undermined by international competition.

Snowden documents reveal New Zealand’s spying in Pacific

By Tom Peters, 9 March 2015

New Zealand’s spying on almost two dozen countries is bound up with its own neo-colonial interests and US efforts to undermine China’s influence.

New Zealand to send troops to Iraq

By Tom Peters, 26 February 2015

Prime Minister John Key described support for the war as the “price” of New Zealand’s membership in the US-led Five Eyes intelligence alliance.

New Zealand First Party attacks foreign students

By Tom Peters, 9 February 2015

The unions and opposition parties have supported the NZ First Party’s racist campaign against Asian students and immigrants.

New Zealand: Labour leader outlines his pro-business agenda

By Tom Peters, 3 February 2015

Opposition leader Little made virtually no criticism of the government’s pro-market measures because Labour has accepted almost all of them.

New Zealand Internet and Mana Parties split following electoral debacle

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 31 January 2015

The pro-business alliance, which was actively supported by various pseudo-left groups, collapsed after it failed to win a single seat in parliament.

Housing affordability crisis worsens in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 26 January 2015

A property bubble and rampant speculation has contributed to soaring income inequality, housing over-crowding and homelessness.

New Zealand opposition parties seize on “illegal” fishing to promote militarism

By Tom Peters, 22 January 2015

The right-wing New Zealand First Party and Labour are calling for a more powerful and aggressive navy in order to extend the country’s control over the Southern Ocean.

Social inequality in New Zealand over Christmas

By John Braddock, 29 December 2014

Hundreds queued for nine hours for emergency Christmas food parcels.

Chinese president visits New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 10 December 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit was part of Beijing’s efforts to counter the US “pivot to Asia.”

Expanded spy powers being rammed through New Zealand parliament

By John Braddock, 8 December 2014

The bill gives stepped-up powers to allow the security services to carry out warrantless spying and suspend or cancel passports.

New Zealand Labour elects new right-wing leader

By Tom Peters, 2 December 2014

Former union leader Andrew Little’s installation has been praised by corporate media commentators, who recognise his record of support for big business.

New Zealand government to send troops to Iraq

By Tom Peters, 12 November 2014

The decision to join the renewed US war in the Middle East has been made behind the backs of the New Zealand people.

Australia: Two NSW by-elections reveal the rot of official politics

By Richard Phillips and Peter Symonds, 3 November 2014

The corruption scandals surrounding the by-elections underscore the intimate connection between government and various forms of speculative investment.

New Zealand Labour Party stages election leadership charade

By John Braddock, 3 November 2014

All four candidates are committed to austerity and the drive to war.

International Socialist Organisation seeks to revive New Zealand Labour Party

By Tom Peters, 27 October 2014

Following Labour’s worst election defeat in 92 years, a pseudo-left group is continuing to promote the pro-war party of big business as “left wing.”

New Zealand WSWS meeting discusses election outcome

By our reporters, 17 October 2014

The World Socialist Web Site’s public meeting in Lower Hutt discussed the socialist alternative to the drive towards war and the austerity policies which every party supported in last month’s election.

New Zealand Labour leader resigns after election rout

By John Braddock, 8 October 2014

Labour’s loss of support in the working class cannot be reversed by a leadership change.

New Zealand government prepares to join US war in Middle East

By Tom Peters, 7 October 2014

Just nine days after his government was re-elected, Prime Minister John Key said he would consider sending soldiers to Iraq.

Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war

29 September 2014

The September 20 election in New Zealand reflected the profound alienation of working people from the entire political establishment

New Zealand election: Labour’s worst defeat in 92 years

By Tom Peters, 22 September 2014

About one million people did not vote, reflecting the widespread hostility of working people to the political establishment and its agenda of austerity and militarism.

Workers and youth voice disgust over New Zealand election

By our reporters, 22 September 2014

WSWS reporters spoke to workers and youth at the main shopping centre in the working-class suburb of Lower Hutt, near Wellington, the day after the election, which revealed deep disaffection from the political establishment, particularly among young people [link to main article].

New Zealand parties express sham concern for the poor

By John Braddock, 20 September 2014

At a Wellington meeting, the speakers all offered election promises to lessen poverty, knowing full well that none would be carried out.

Working class disenfranchised in New Zealand election

By Tom Peters, 19 September 2014

Whatever the composition of the next government, it will deepen the assault on workers’ living standards while committing the country to imperialist wars.

Ahead of election, Snowden reveals mass spying on New Zealanders

By Tom Peters, 16 September 2014

Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald released documents detailing the NZ spy agency’s involvement in surveillance by the US National Security Agency.

New Zealand government, opposition support US war in Middle East

By Tom Peters, 16 September 2014

On September 11, nine days ahead of New Zealand’s election, Prime Minister John Key and the main opposition Labour Party leader David Cunliffe both declared their support for the Obama administration’s decision to escalate Washington’s renewed military intervention in the Middle East.

Australian government commits warplanes, troops to Iraq war

By Zac Hambides and Peter Symonds, 15 September 2014

Yesterday’s announcement by Prime Minister Tony Abbott that up to 600 Australian military personnel and 10 aircraft will be deployed within the week to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to “contribute” to fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is surrounded by deception and lies. While Abbott declared that Australia was involved in a “humanitarian operation,” the real aim of the new US-led war is regime-change against the Iranian and Russian-backed government in Syria.

New Zealand Greens: A party of big business and militarism

By Tom Peters, 11 September 2014

The Greens are campaigning for the September election on the basis of being more “fiscally responsible” and pro-market than Labour or National.

Social welfare workers killed in New Zealand shooting

By John Braddock, 9 September 2014

The tragedy reflects the country’s deepening social crisis, the result of an assault on the working class by successive governments.

New Zealand election debates underscore bipartisan austerity agenda

By Tom Peters, 8 September 2014

Both National and Labour are big business parties that have broad agreement on protecting corporate profit at the expense of working people.

New Zealand government celebrates centenary of seizure of German Samoa

By Tom Peters, 5 September 2014

The event was part of a five-year centenary program to sanitise and glorify WWI in order to condition workers and youth for new wars.

What is behind the New Zealand justice minister’s resignation?

By Tom Peters, 3 September 2014

Judith Collins’ resignation is bound up with a push in ruling circles to align New Zealand more firmly with Washington’s military build-up in Asia against China.

Economic downturn shifts New Zealand election campaign further right

By John Braddock, 2 September 2014

New Zealand’s government, which previously appeared to have a winning position, is increasingly under fire over scandals and economic policy.

Media turns against New Zealand government ahead of election

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 23 August 2014

Behind the controversy over the book Dirty Politics lie divisions within the ruling elite over how to impose austerity measures and integrate NZ into Washington’s war preparations against China.

New Zealand opposition parties campaign on anti-Chinese xenophobia

By Tom Peters, 16 August 2014

Labour and other opposition parties are campaigning against Chinese land purchases to divert attention from pressing social issues and to align with the US war drive against China.

New Zealand pseudo-lefts support Washington’s war preparations against China

By Tom Peters, 16 August 2014

The pseudo-left groups Socialist Aotearoa and Fightback falsely depict China as “imperialist” in order to justify Washington’s war drive.

NZ Internet-Mana Party meeting promotes nationalist, pro-business agenda

By John Braddock, 15 August 2014

The Wellington campaign meeting ignored the growing dangers of war and focussed on parochial domestic politics.

New Zealand: Internet-Mana parties wage bogus anti-establishment campaign

By John Braddock, 9 August 2014

Both parties represent layers of the upwardly mobile middle class, including IT professionals and Maori business leaders.

Third week of protests in New Zealand over Gaza invasion

By John Braddock, 4 August 2014

Around 400 people protested in New Zealand’s capital city Wellington on Saturday against the murderous invasion of Gaza by the Israeli armed forces. Protesters marched through the central city, chanting “Israel! USA! How many kids did you kill today?” and “Free! Free! Palestine.” One placard charged Israel with carrying out war crimes. It was the third week of rallies and marches that have attracted thousands of people in Wellington, Auckland and regional centres.

NZ Labour Party plans to reverse burden of proof in rape cases

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 28 July 2014

Labour is exploiting gender-based identity politics and a hysterical campaign about “rape culture” to propose the abolition of a fundamental legal principle.

New Zealand: Thousands protest against Israel's assault on Gaza

By Tom Peters, 28 July 2014

Thousands of people protested in the New Zealand cities of Auckland and Wellington on Saturday, for the second week in a row, to express their outrage over Israel's murderous assault on Gaza. The protests attracted a broad cross-section of people, including many young workers and students, and people from Palestinian and Middle Eastern backgrounds.

New Zealand parliament backs anti-Russian campaign over MH17 disaster

By Tom Peters, 25 July 2014

All the parties voted unanimously in parliament to pressure Moscow to allow Western intervention in eastern Ukraine.

New Zealand Labour Party congress silent on war preparations

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 14 July 2014

There was no public discussion of Labour’s support for the government’s de facto military alliance with Washington, and for US war plans against China.

New Zealand government backs Japan’s militarist revival

By Tom Peters, 10 July 2014

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visited New Zealand to secure support for his “reinterpretation” of Japan’s constitution to allow troops to fight in overseas wars.

Civilians were killed in New Zealand-US raid on Afghan village

By Tom Peters, 5 July 2014

New evidence indicates that 6 civilians were killed and 15 wounded in a 2010 raid, exposing false claims by the New Zealand government that only “insurgents” were killed.

NZ government aligns more closely with US amid rising tensions with China

By Tom Peters, 2 July 2014

Visiting the US, Prime Minister John Key joined President Obama in siding against China in its territorial disputes with Vietnam and the Philippines.

Anti-Chinese campaign backfires on New Zealand Labour Party

By Tom Peters, 27 June 2014

The claims and counter-claims over the Liu affair indicates the fetid atmosphere swirling around all the parties, three months from national elections.

New Zealand forestry inquiry into workers’ deaths

By Stan McKenzie and John Braddock, 24 June 2014

Via an “independent review,” employers, the government and the trade unions are working together to try to head off anger over the mounting toll in the timber industry.

New round of job cuts in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 13 June 2014

The job losses have been dismissed as inevitable by the entire political establishment, including the opposition parties and trade unions.

New Zealand: Socialist Aotearoa endorses Mana-Internet Party alliance

By John Braddock, 12 June 2014

The Internet Party is a pro-business outfit seeking to further liberalise the market in favour of upwardly mobile Internet entrepreneurs.

New Zealand historian discusses government’s book glorifying World War I

By Tom Peters, 7 June 2014

The WSWS spoke to historian Stevan Eldred-Grigg about the pro-war book New Zealand and the First World War, produced to mark the centenary of the war.

NZ opposition parties wage xenophobic campaign against Asian immigrants

By Tom Peters, 5 June 2014

The Labour Party and its allies are whipping up hostility to immigrants, blaming them for New Zealand’s deepening social crisis, particularly the soaring cost of housing.

New Zealand’s Internet and Mana parties merge

By John Braddock, 30 May 2014

The alliance is a cynical electoral manoeuvre designed to maximise the chances of both parties to gain seats at the September 20 national election.

New Zealand, Australian governments complicit in US drone attacks

By John Braddock, 24 May 2014

Both New Zealand and Australia, through signal intercepts and spy activities, are directly involved with the US assassination program.

NZ pseudo-left group defends Mana-Internet Party alliance

By Tom Peters, 23 May 2014

The pseudo-left groups, already part the Maori-nationalist Mana party, are integrating even more closely into the New Zealand political establishment.

New Zealand budget deepens austerity

By Tom Peters, 17 May 2014

The budget entrenches and intensifies the regressive measures imposed since the onset of the 2008 financial crisis.

New Zealand government poaches senior Labour Party MP

By John Braddock, 10 May 2014

The high-profile resignation underscores the crisis engulfing Labour, which is facing its third consecutive electoral rout following losses in 2008 and 2011.

New Zealand pseudo-lefts give green light for Mana-Internet Party alliance

By John Braddock, 29 April 2014

The pseudo-left organisations, which are all embedded in the Mana Party, did not oppose its decision to pursue an electoral deal with the right-wing Internet Party.

Anzac Day in New Zealand glorifies imperialism, past and present

By Tom Peters, 28 April 2014

The events last Friday are part of a five-year program to glorify World War I, in order to prepare the population for future imperialist wars.

Government-produced book describes WWI as “successful and profitable”

New Zealand and the First World War 1914–1919

By Tom Peters, 24 April 2014

Fenton’s book is part of the government’s WWI centenary program, which is designed to revive militarism and prepare public opinion for future wars.

Australian, New Zealand citizens killed by US drone strike in Yemen

By Tom Peters, 17 April 2014

Canberra and Wellington both indicated their approval for the extra-judicial assassinations, setting a dangerous new precedent for attacking legal and democratic rights.

New Zealand: Mana Party AGM endorses talks with Internet Party

By Tom Peters, 16 April 2014

The sordid electoral alliance is intended to increase Mana’s seats in parliament while establishing a presence for the right-wing, pro-business Internet Party.

New Zealand: Mana Party seeks alliance with pro-business Internet Party

By Tom Peters, 10 April 2014

The talks again expose the reactionary politics of Mana and its pseudo-left affiliates: the International Socialist Organisation (ISO), Fightback and Socialist Aotearoa.

New Zealand joins Washington’s sanctions against Russia

By John Braddock, 27 March 2014

The New Zealand government has aligned itself with the escalating US and EU provocations against Moscow.

New Zealand media bury fresh Snowden revelations

By John Braddock, 19 March 2014

A wall of silence surrounds Snowden’s testimony that New Zealand was pressured by the NSA to change its laws to facilitate mass surveillance.

New Zealand Labour leader appoints new chief of staff

By John Braddock, 11 March 2014

Matt McCarten, leader of the Unite union, has a long history of establishing bogus “left” formations as a political trap for workers.

New Zealand parliament unanimously backs US in Ukraine crisis

By Tom Peters, 8 March 2014

Labour, the Greens and the Mana Party supported the government’s motion condemning Russia and backing the extreme right-wing US-backed regime installed in Kiev.

New Zealand: Sordid deal to avoid prosecution over Pike River mine disaster

By Tom Peters, 3 March 2014

A letter from Pike River Coal's CEO urged the government to drop charges against him in exchange for a payment to the victims’ families.

New Zealand: Three years after the Christchurch earthquake

By Tom Peters, 22 February 2014

Three years on, less than 10 percent of the rebuild has been completed and the city remains in a deep social crisis.

New Zealand government cancels passports over Syrian conflict

By Tom Peters, 17 February 2014

The government’s decision, taken without any semblance of due process, sets a new precedent in attacks on democratic rights.

New Zealand: Mana and Green parties stage anti-oil drilling protest

By John Braddock, 13 February 2014

The demonstration was bound up with the assertion of property rights by a privileged layer of the Maori tribal business elite.

New Zealand: Kim Dotcom to launch pro-business Internet Party

By Tom Peters, 28 January 2014

While Dotcom has opposed the GCSB’s domestic spying, his orientation is to the same political establishment that is responsible for attacking democratic rights.

Unstable economic upturn in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 13 January 2014

The growth is driven by a boom in sales to China and a temporary increase in construction activity in earthquake-devastated Christchurch.