New Zealand

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, 22 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.

New Zealand vigils demand increased refugee intake

By Tom Peters, 12 September 2015

There is widespread outrage at the government’s indifference to refugees and its support for US imperialism.

New Zealand political leaders feign sympathy for refugees

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.

New Zealand: Substandard repairs to earthquake-damaged homes in Christchurch

By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 5 September 2015

Five years after the first destructive earthquake, thousands of insurance claims have not been settled.

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.