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.
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.
By John Braddock, 27 May 2013
The budget entrenches the ruling elite’s austerity agenda and initiates the next phase of asset sales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 21 March 2013
New Zealand’s worst drought in 70 years is already hitting the agricultural dependent economy hard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 13 December 2012
The media hype around The Hobbit has been used to justify further attacks on wages and working conditions.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 25 October 2012
Two recent reports detail the falling incomes of working people and rising levels of poverty, especially among children.
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.
By John Braddock, 6 October 2012
The state-owned coal producer Solid Energy has announced it will axe a quarter of its workforce.
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.
By Tom Peters, 22 September 2012
More than two years after the first earthquake, thousands of Christchurch residents are still living in damaged houses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 16 August 2012
The firefight resulted in the most devastating loss by NZ armed forces since the Vietnam War.
By Tom Peters, 11 August 2012
Almost two years after the Pike River explosion, there are no signs that mine safety has improved.
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.
By John Braddock, 7 August 2012
The wealthiest New Zealanders have not suffered from the austerity drive being imposed on the working class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 22 June 2012
The agreement establishes the formal basis for NZ troops to operate as part of future NATO-led wars.
By Tom Peters, 8 June 2012
The allowance cuts and increased loan repayments will create even more financial distress for students and graduates.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 30 May 2012
Public meeting participants comment on the SEP’s perspective and the dangers of war.
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.
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
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.
By John Braddock, 25 April 2012
The Key government is imposing a sweeping program of privatisation, job cuts and attacks on welfare and education.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 18 February 2012
The efforts to establish closer relations with China will not have gone unnoticed in Washington and Canberra.
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.
By John Braddock, 3 February 2012
The crackdown, like similar police operations internationally, is an attack on basic democratic rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 31 December 2011
The legal crackdown is a significant attack on basic democratic rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
22 November 2011
The next government, whatever its composition, will be committed to imposing the dictates of big business and the banks.
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.
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.
By Tom Peters, 27 October 2011
Hundreds of university students have protested against cuts to courses and staff.
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.
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.”
By John Braddock, 14 October 2011
The Liberian-registered vessel that ran aground had been allowed to continue operating despite faults identified during inspections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
By Tom Peters, 6 July 2011
New Zealand’s government has condemned some 5,100 houses in earthquake-devastated Christchurch.
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
24 June 2011
The National government’s budget, handed down on May 19, is part of an international offensive on the working class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Braddock, 5 May 2011
Tuesday’s twister ripped roofs off houses, shopping malls and commercial buildings in Auckland’s northern suburbs.