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.
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.
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.
By Tom Peters, 16 October 2015
As part of its restructuring, Solid Energy has announced the closure of its Huntly East Mine.
By our reporters, 13 October 2015
The WSWS spoke to Christian Haider, who witnessed the killing of Pera Smiler by police in Upper Hutt.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Tom Peters, 12 September 2015
There is widespread outrage at the government’s indifference to refugees and its support for US imperialism.
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 9 September 2015
The political establishment has sought to whip up hostility toward foreigners, while supporting the US-led wars that have produced the refugee crisis.
By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 5 September 2015
Five years after the first destructive earthquake, thousands of insurance claims have not been settled.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 18 August 2015
The anti-TPP campaign is working overtime to divert opposition into reactionary nationalist and protectionist channels.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 8 August 2015
Protectionist opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership declared their satisfaction over the collapse of the negotiations.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
By Tom Peters, 31 March 2015
The opposition Labour, Green and Mana parties have embraced NZ First’s anti-Chinese xenophobia.
By John Braddock, 26 March 2015
This chauvinist campaign dovetails with US moves to incorporate New Zealand more fully into its anti-China operations.
By Tom Peters, 24 March 2015
New Zealand spies on the Solomons and other Pacific countries to defend its imperialist interests in the region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 26 January 2015
A property bubble and rampant speculation has contributed to soaring income inequality, housing over-crowding and homelessness.
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.
By John Braddock, 29 December 2014
Hundreds queued for nine hours for emergency Christmas food parcels.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 3 November 2014
All four candidates are committed to austerity and the drive to war.
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.”
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.
By John Braddock, 8 October 2014
Labour’s loss of support in the working class cannot be reversed by a leadership change.
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.
29 September 2014
The September 20 election in New Zealand reflected the profound alienation of working people from the entire political establishment
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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 15 August 2014
The Wellington campaign meeting ignored the growing dangers of war and focussed on parochial domestic politics.
By John Braddock, 9 August 2014
Both parties represent layers of the upwardly mobile middle class, including IT professionals and Maori business leaders.
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.
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.
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.
By Tom Peters, 25 July 2014
All the parties voted unanimously in parliament to pressure Moscow to allow Western intervention in eastern Ukraine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Tom Peters, 17 May 2014
The budget entrenches and intensifies the regressive measures imposed since the onset of the 2008 financial crisis.