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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 27 March 2014
The New Zealand government has aligned itself with the escalating US and EU provocations against Moscow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 24 December 2013
The outcome has exposed the charade of the citizens’ initiated referendum as a meaningless “democratic” gesture.
By John Braddock, 16 December 2013
One out of every six children does not receive basic necessities such as healthcare and clothing.
By Tom Peters, 13 December 2013
The decision not to charge Peter Whittall means no one will be held accountable for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men.
By Tom Peters, 11 December 2013
The discussions between the two Maori nationalist parties are a devastating exposure of Mana’s pseudo-left affiliates, which promote the party as progressive.
By Tom Peters, 7 December 2013
The government’s response reflects the dilemma facing the ruling class as it seeks to balance between its chief trading partner, China, and its longstanding ally, the US.
By Tom Peters, 19 November 2013
Operation Southern Katipo follows the full restoration of New Zealand’s alliance with Washington, as part of the US military build-up against China.
By John Braddock, 14 November 2013
NZ Post has revealed the full extent of its planned job destruction—2,000 jobs or 20 percent of its workforce.
By Tom Peters, 13 November 2013
The Mana party and its pseudo-left supporters have used Labour’s change of leadership to promote the illusion that the Labour Party will reverse the National government’s attacks on living standards.
By John Braddock, 31 October 2013
The unions and the Labour Party gave the green light for the restructuring and job losses.
Public meeting in Wellington, New Zealand
19 October 2013
Prime Minister Key’s speech to the UN last month underscored the commitment of the NZ ruling elite to the US military alliance.
By John Braddock, 18 October 2013
The unions’ campaign against changes to industrial legislation is designed to protect their monopoly position as enforcers of the demands of big business.
By Tom Peters, 10 October 2013
Prime Minister John Key criticised the lack of a UN Chapter 7 resolution to authorise the use of military force against Syria.
By Joel Priddy, 2 October 2013
Real wages have fallen behind labour productivity increases since the mid-1980s, indicating a sharp increase in the exploitation of the working class.
By our reporters, 28 September 2013
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality held meetings as part of the fight to develop an anti-war movement of the working class against the US preparations for an attack on Syria.
By John Braddock, 21 September 2013
For all his “left” posturing, Cunliffe’s elevation does not represent any shift from the pro-market restructuring begun under the Lange Labour governments.
By Tom Peters, 16 September 2013
Prime Minister Key has already indicated that New Zealand would give “moral support” for US strikes on Syria.
By John Braddock, 14 September 2013
The leadership campaign is taking place under conditions of deep-seated alienation from Labour among its former social base—the working class.
By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 2 September 2013
The Mana party and its pseudo-left affiliates have sought to corral opposition to mass surveillance behind Labour, the Greens and the anti-immigrant NZ First.
By Tom Peters, 8 August 2013
The company sacrificed workers’ safety, and ultimately their lives, by speeding up production and ignoring safety hazards.
By Tom Peters, 1 August 2013
The government’s bill will allow unrestricted surveillence of New Zealand citizens and residents.
By our reporters, 1 August 2013
In Wellington, about 1,500 people marched from Cuba Street to rally in the Parliament grounds.
By Tom Peters, 25 June 2013
NZ First’s latest campaign is an extension of the anti-Chinese sentiment whipped up by the opposition Labour Party, the Greens and the Maori-nationalist Mana Party.