New Zealand

New Zealand unions mount bogus “Fairness at Work” campaign

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.

New Zealand PM re-affirms commitment to war drive against Syria

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.

Social inequality widens in New Zealand

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.

IYSSE holds anti-war meetings at Australian and New Zealand campuses

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.

NZ Labour installs new leader

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.

New Zealand government signals support for US attack on Syria

By Tom Peters, 16 September 2013

Prime Minister Key has already indicated that New Zealand would give “moral support” for US strikes on Syria.

NZ Labour leadership contest signals a party in crisis

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.

Spy legislation pushed through New Zealand parliament

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.

No justice for New Zealand mine disaster victims’ families

By Tom Peters, 8 August 2013

The company sacrificed workers’ safety, and ultimately their lives, by speeding up production and ignoring safety hazards.

New Zealand: Thousands protest domestic spying laws

By Tom Peters, 1 August 2013

The government’s bill will allow unrestricted surveillence of New Zealand citizens and residents.

Anti-surveillance demonstrators speak to WSWS

By our reporters, 1 August 2013

In Wellington, about 1,500 people marched from Cuba Street to rally in the Parliament grounds.

New Zealand First issues anti-Chinese denunciation

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.

New Zealand government fast tracks domestic spying laws

By John Braddock, 22 June 2013

The legislation will give the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) extensive powers to electronically spy on citizens and residents.

New Zealand budget drives deepening austerity

By John Braddock, 27 May 2013

The budget entrenches the ruling elite’s austerity agenda and initiates the next phase of asset sales.

New Zealand to increase military presence in South Pacific

By John Braddock, 21 May 2013

New Zealand’s military integration with the US and Australia is the culmination of a process begun by the previous Labour government.

New Zealand: Pike River Coal found guilty of causing mine disaster

By Tom Peters, 2 May 2013

Despite the guilty verdict, virtually no one has been held accountable for the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men.

New Zealand government to extend spy agency’s powers

By John Braddock, 30 April 2013

A report into illegal activities by the Government Communications Security Bureau is being used to make further inroads into democratic rights.

Union seeks to divert New Zealand teachers’ protests

By our reporters, 16 April 2013

The demonstrations were designed to head off an emerging rebellion among teachers against the union by putting on a hypocritical show of “opposing” the government’s policies.

Residents face bitter winter in New Zealand’s quake-hit city

By John Braddock, 30 March 2013

Two years after earthquakes devastated the country’s second biggest city, agencies in Christchurch are bracing themselves for worsening health problems and social distress.

Severe drought threatens new recession in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 21 March 2013

New Zealand’s worst drought in 70 years is already hitting the agricultural dependent economy hard.

New Zealand government launches asset sales

By Tom Peters, 15 March 2013

Backed by the Mana Party and various pseudo-lefts, Maori capitalists have sought to profit from the privatisation of power companies.

Union scuttles strike against New Zealand school closures

By Tom Peters, 26 February 2013

The NZ government plans to shut at least 13 schools in quake-devastated Christchurch by the end of 2013.

New Zealand unions collaborate in Summit Wool Spinners redundancies

By Tom Peters, 14 February 2013

Amid a wave of retrenchments across the country, the unions have accepted the closure of the Oamaru factory and are helping to sack 192 workers.

New Zealand government announces new austerity measures

By Tom Peters, 2 February 2013

In 2013, the Key government plans to push thousands of people off welfare, restrict access to medical procedures and close schools.

Social crisis intensifies in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 28 December 2012

In the week before Christmas, people on low incomes queued in record numbers for food parcels and donated gifts.

New Zealand earthquake report whitewashes government’s role

By John Braddock, 19 December 2012

The collapse of the television (CTV) building during the Christchurch earthquake of February 2011 cost the lives of 115 people.

New Zealand Hobbit premiere used to drive “international competitiveness” agenda

By John Braddock, 13 December 2012

The media hype around The Hobbit has been used to justify further attacks on wages and working conditions.

Labour MP blames workers for New Zealand mine disaster

By Tom Peters, 16 November 2012

The government and opposition Labour Party, along with the unions, are desperately seeking to wash their hands of any responsibility for the tragedy.

Unemployment surges in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 14 November 2012

The official jobless rate rose from 6.8 to 7.3 percent in the September quarter, its highest level since 1999.

New Zealand mine disaster inquiry whitewashes government

By Tom Peters, 10 November 2012

The disaster was the outcome of the decades-long assault on the jobs, conditions and rights of workers aimed at boosting “international competitiveness.”

Drilling company fined negligible sum for safety breaches in New Zealand mine disaster

By Tom Peters, 3 November 2012

Family members of the Pike River miners reacted with anger to the $46,800 fine given to VLI Drilling for its role in the 2010 disaster, which killed 29 men.

SEP public meeting in New Zealand

The socialist alternative to unemployment, austerity and war

1 November 2012

The alternative to austerity and war is the development of an independent political movement of the working class that fights for a workers’ government based on socialist policies.

New Zealand Maori business elite sues for water ownership

By Tom Peters, 31 October 2012

The Mana Party, trade unions and pseudo-left groups are supporting a push by Maori business interests to profit from the government’s asset sales.

Deepening social inequality and poverty in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 25 October 2012

Two recent reports detail the falling incomes of working people and rising levels of poverty, especially among children.

New Zealand government calls for war against Syria

By Tom Peters, 18 October 2012

New Zealand has lined up behind the US-led campaign to topple Assad and install a pro-Western regime.

New Zealand state coalminer axes hundreds of jobs

By John Braddock, 6 October 2012

The state-owned coal producer Solid Energy has announced it will axe a quarter of its workforce.

Job cuts confirmed at New Zealand rail

By John Braddock, 27 September 2012

State-owned KiwiRail faces partial privatisation and further cutbacks to jobs and services in the wake of poor financial results.

New Zealand: Social crisis deepens following Christchurch earthquake

By Tom Peters, 22 September 2012

More than two years after the first earthquake, thousands of Christchurch residents are still living in damaged houses.

WSWS speaks to wife of New Zealand mine disaster victim

By Tom Peters, 11 September 2012

Milton Osborne was one of 29 men who died when the Pike River Coal mine exploded in November 2010.

Three New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan

By John Braddock, 1 September 2012

The recent fatalities—which have brought the NZ death toll in Afghanistan to 10—have prompted the government to announce an early withdrawal.

New Zealand court ruling a setback to the US Megaupload case

By John Braddock, 25 August 2012

The High Court stated that the US government must provide evidence to justify the extradition of the founder of the Megaupload file sharing site.

A reply to a New Zealand union official

By Tom Peters, 20 August 2012

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union objected to the WSWS’s exposure of its complicity in the lack of adequate safety measures at the Pike River mine.

Two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan

By John Braddock, 16 August 2012

The firefight resulted in the most devastating loss by NZ armed forces since the Vietnam War.

New Zealand: Drilling company admits safety breaches in mine disaster

By Tom Peters, 11 August 2012

Almost two years after the Pike River explosion, there are no signs that mine safety has improved.

New Zealand: State asset sales and the dead-end of Maori nationalism

By Tom Peters, 9 August 2012

The Mana Party, the Greens and the unions are promoting legal action by Maori business interests as the means to stop electricity privatisation.

New Zealand “Rich List” reveals deepening social divide

By John Braddock, 7 August 2012

The wealthiest New Zealanders have not suffered from the austerity drive being imposed on the working class.

New Zealand rail union collaborates with job cuts

By John Braddock, 18 July 2012

The job destruction is part of the austerity agenda of the National Party government, in line with the demands of international finance capital.

New Zealand household finances increasingly precarious

By John Braddock, 17 July 2012

Households are buried under a mountain of debt arising from the soaring cost of housing, utilities and other financial commitments.

New Zealand signs new defence agreement with US

By John Braddock, 13 July 2012

The agreement formalises the basis for joint military intervention as part of the Obama administration’s build-up throughout Asia against China.

New Zealand: New evidence about US operation to shut down Megaupload

By John Braddock, 7 July 2012

White House logs demonstrate that meetings took place between Hollywood studio executives and US Vice President Joe Biden six months before the raids on Megaupload.

New Zealand government drops school class size increases

By John Braddock, 29 June 2012

The government is pushing ahead with education and other budget cuts, despite being forced to rescind a plan to increase class sizes.

New Zealand: Labour, Greens continue “Keep Our Assets” diversion

By Tom Peters, 26 June 2012

The petition against the government’s sale of state-owned companies is designed to channel public opposition behind parties that support austerity.

New Zealand signs NATO partnership deal

By John Braddock, 22 June 2012

The agreement establishes the formal basis for NZ troops to operate as part of future NATO-led wars.

New Zealand police attack protest against education budget cuts

By Tom Peters, 8 June 2012

The allowance cuts and increased loan repayments will create even more financial distress for students and graduates.

New Zealand budget deepens austerity measures

By Tom Peters, 1 June 2012

The government has pledged to return the budget to surplus by 2014-15, in line with demands from the International Monetary Fund and credit ratings agencies.

SEP meetings oppose US-Australia war preparations against China

By our reporters, 30 May 2012

Well-attended public meetings in Australia and New Zealand discussed the US military build-up against China and the necessity for a socialist program to oppose militarism and war.

Youth and workers discuss US-Australia confrontation with China

By our reporters, 30 May 2012

Public meeting participants comment on the SEP’s perspective and the dangers of war.

New Zealand “Not for Sale” campaign promotes anti-Chinese sentiment

By John Braddock, 17 May 2012

The campaign is designed to divert popular opposition to the government’s privatisation and austerity agenda behind the Labour Party and Greens as well as the aggressive US stance against China.

New Zealand: Land sale to Chinese company provokes opposition

By Tom Peters, 11 May 2012

The controversy reflects conflicts over where to line up amid growing geopolitical tensions in the Asia-Pacific between the US and China.

SEP/ISSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand

Oppose the US-Australia war preparations against China

26 April 2012

Through the military agreements with the Obama administration, the Gillard Labor government has unconditionally aligned itself with US war preparations against China.

Deteriorating economy and deepening austerity in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 25 April 2012

The Key government is imposing a sweeping program of privatisation, job cuts and attacks on welfare and education.

New Zealand meat workers lockout enters eighth week

By John Braddock, 21 April 2012

The lockouts by Affco are part of a wider employer offensive across major industries to gut the wages and conditions of workers.

New Zealand: Pike River Coal ignored mine safety warnings

By Tom Peters, 28 February 2012

Evidence given to a Royal Commission shows that the company and government regulators allowed the mine to operate with dangerously faulty equipment and no suitable emergency exist.

Three fishermen perish in Southern Ocean fire

By John Braddock, 20 February 2012

There has been a litany of mishaps, ship sinkings, deaths, industrial accidents and gross exploitation within the fishing industry.

New Zealand moves to broaden economic ties with China

By John Braddock, 18 February 2012

The efforts to establish closer relations with China will not have gone unnoticed in Washington and Canberra.

Protest in New Zealand city over earthquake recovery fiasco

By John Braddock, 9 February 2012

The protest expressed increasing anger among residents, almost a year after the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that devastated Christchurch.

Police evict Occupy protesters in two New Zealand cities

By John Braddock, 3 February 2012

The crackdown, like similar police operations internationally, is an attack on basic democratic rights.

New Zealand court refuses bail in Megaupload case

By John Braddock, 30 January 2012

The judge conceded that the US authorities had not presented any evidence in support of their substantive case against Dotcom.

Cargo ship grounded in New Zealand breaks apart

By John Braddock, 26 January 2012

The Rena broke in two, worsening the environmental disaster, as the government sought to scapegoat the ship’s captain and navigation officer.

New Zealand judge defers bail decision on Megaupload arrests

By John Braddock, 24 January 2012

As part of a global campaign by the US government, the Megaupload associates face extradition proceedings on copyright charges.

New Zealand port threatens to sack striking workers

By John Braddock, 21 January 2012

Ports of Auckland is seeking to shatter the conditions of its workforce in line with attacks on waterfront workers internationally.

New Zealand: Occupy Auckland evicted from city square

By John Braddock, 31 December 2011

The legal crackdown is a significant attack on basic democratic rights.

New Zealand meat workers, wharfies locked out

By John Braddock, 24 December 2011

The lockouts are in line with a wave of similar assaults in basic industry in other countries, including Australia.

New Zealand government prepares deeper austerity measures

By John Braddock, 22 December 2011

After winning last month’s election, the National Party has struck deals with minor parties to make deeper inroads into working class living standards.

New Zealand: Pike River Coal charged over miners’ deaths

By Tom Peters, 9 December 2011

Pike River Coal, its CEO Peter Whittall and contractor VLI Drilling Ltd have been charged by the Department of Labour for safety breaches at the Pike River mine, where 29 men died in an explosion last year.

Labour routed in New Zealand election

By John Braddock, 28 November 2011

Labour gained just 27 percent of the vote, its worst result since 1928, despite the unpopularity of the National government’s austerity measures.

Working people disenfranchised in New Zealand election

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 25 November 2011

All parties are committed to a program of austerity designed to make workers pay for the global economic breakdown.

WSWS/ISSE public meeting in Wellington

After the New Zealand election: the fight against social inequality

22 November 2011

The next government, whatever its composition, will be committed to imposing the dictates of big business and the banks.

New Zealand election: Mana Party a new political trap for workers

By John Braddock, 15 November 2011

Despite the efforts of pseudo-radicals to present Mana as a “left” alternative, the party revolves around a figure who supported the National government and its anti-working class policies.

Major parties pledge austerity agenda in New Zealand election campaign

By John Braddock, 5 November 2011

The ruling National Party and opposition Labour Party are both responsible for the country’s economic and social crisis and have no fundamental disagreement on the pro-market policies to be pursued.

New Zealand: Students protest against university cuts

By Tom Peters, 27 October 2011

Hundreds of university students have protested against cuts to courses and staff.

Grounded ship threatens to break-up off New Zealand coast

By John Braddock, 26 October 2011

Evidence makes it clear that not only was an incident such as this likely to happen, the authorities were completely unprepared to deal with it.

New Zealand: Occupy protests in six cities

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 17 October 2011

The protests, organised by local “Occupy” groups, were led by banners proclaiming, “We are the 99 percent.”

Ship grounding creates New Zealand’s worst environmental disaster

By John Braddock, 14 October 2011

The Liberian-registered vessel that ran aground had been allowed to continue operating despite faults identified during inspections.

New Zealand government amends surveillance laws after “anti-terror” case collapses

By John Braddock, 11 October 2011

The Video Camera Surveillance Act and a new Search and Surveillance Act establish vast powers for a web of state agencies.

Support for Labour slumps ahead of New Zealand poll

By John Braddock, 22 September 2011

Falling support for Labour is testimony to the fact that broad sections of working people no longer view it as even a “lesser evil” compared to the Nationals.

New Zealand universities cut staff and courses

By Tom Peters, 8 September 2011

The cutbacks are a result of the government’s austerity measures over the past three years, and are a part of a global assault on workers and youth.

New Zealand government imposes punitive welfare measures for teenagers

By Tom Peters, 26 August 2011

Amid worsening levels of poverty, the Key government has announced draconian policies to slash welfare spending on young people.

Four killed in New Caledonia airport blockade

By John Braddock, 19 August 2011

The protests are a sign of explosive social unrest in New Caledonia, which is beset with endemic unemployment among indigenous Kanaks and a deepening divide between rich and poor.

Inquiry hears damning evidence of unsafe conditions at New Zealand mine

By Tom Peters, 8 August 2011

Experts provided further evidence that 29 miners lost their lives because Pike River Coal sacrificed their safety on the altar of corporate profits.

WSWS/ISSE meeting discusses austerity measures in New Zealand

By our correspondents, 15 July 2011

The Wellington meeting brought together an audience of young and older workers and unemployed to discuss “The New Zealand budget and the fight against austerity.”

Slave labour conditions in New Zealand’s fishing industry

By John Braddock, 9 July 2011

The reports of abuse highlight the atrocious conditions on foreign-crewed vessels chartered by local companies, notably Maori-owned tribal businesses.

New Zealand: Entire suburbs to be abandoned after earthquakes

By Tom Peters, 6 July 2011

New Zealand’s government has condemned some 5,100 houses in earthquake-devastated Christchurch.

Further evidence of lack of safety at New Zealand mine

By John Braddock, 1 July 2011

Families of miners killed in a methane explosion at the Pike River mine last November denounced successive New Zealand governments over appalling safety standards.

Public Meeting in Wellington

The New Zealand budget and the fight against austerity

24 June 2011

The National government’s budget, handed down on May 19, is part of an international offensive on the working class.

New Zealand worker killed in water pipe blast

By John Braddock, 20 June 2011

The circumstances of the tragedy, including the rush to resume work, are an indictment of New Zealand’s terrible record of industrial deaths and accidents.

Social disaster deepens after third New Zealand earthquake

By Tom Peters, 18 June 2011

The earthquake-devastated city of Christchurch was shaken by two large aftershocks on Monday afternoon, further damaging homes and infrastructure and creating greater hardships for working people.

Deep budget cuts ahead of New Zealand election

By Tom Peters, 30 May 2011

With an election due in November, the National government budget contains the deepest spending cuts seen in 20 years.

New Zealand SAS troops implicated in Afghan war crimes

By John Braddock, 16 May 2011

An investigation provided damning evidence that the elite force is complicit in human rights abuses, with successive governments, including Labour, covering them up.

Worker killed in New Zealand tornado

By John Braddock, 5 May 2011

Tuesday’s twister ripped roofs off houses, shopping malls and commercial buildings in Auckland’s northern suburbs.