By Tom Peters, 5 March 2021
To divert attention from its own failures, the Labour Party-led government is blaming individual workers for the latest outbreak, which has led to a lockdown of New Zealand’s biggest city.
By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 28 February 2021
House prices and rents continue to soar, fuelled by quantitative easing and the other policies of the Labour Party-Greens coalition government.
By Tom Peters, 27 February 2021
A dual Australia-New Zealand citizen and her two young children, detained in Turkey, now face deportation to New Zealand.
By Tom Peters, 21 February 2021
No one has been held accountable for the extremely poor construction of the CTV building, which collapsed in seconds in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, killing 115 people.
By Tom Peters, 19 February 2021
The source for six new cases of COVID-19 in Auckland has not been identified, but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern nevertheless lifted a partial lockdown of the city after just three days.
By Tom Peters, 13 February 2021
Residents of Waikouaiti and Karitāne are demanding answers after dangerous levels of lead were detected in their drinking water.
By Tom Peters, 12 February 2021
The Labour-Greens coalition government has feigned shock over revelations that the state-owned airline has assisted the Saudi Arabian military, which is engaged in a genocidal war against Yemen.
By Tom Peters, 6 February 2021
The US and Australian governments are concerned that New Zealand’s government is strengthening economic relations with Beijing while the US and its allies are preparing for war against China.
By Tom Peters, 3 February 2021
The cruise ship Le Lapérouse was forced to turn around after the Labour Party-led government, backed by the trade unions, denied visas to 61 of its crew members.
By Tom Peters, 30 January 2021
Three cases of the highly-contagious South African variant of COVID-19 point to serious shortcomings in New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine system for returned travellers.
By Tom Peters, 28 January 2021
There is considerable frustration among young people over inaction on climate change, but the protest organisers continued to promote illusions that the Labour-Greens government, which has protected corporate polluters, will respond.
By John Braddock, 18 January 2021
The arrival of the more contagious UK and South African strains underscores the global nature of the virus, which cannot be contained within national borders.
By John Braddock, 16 January 2021
Labour Party Prime Minister Ardern has deliberately evaded criticising President Trump’s role in the attempted fascist coup in the US.
13 January 2021
12 January 2021
By Tom Peters, 11 January 2021
The royal commission accepted all the claims by Australian and New Zealand agencies that they could not have prevented the Christchurch terror attack, and dismissed evidence to the contrary.
By Our reporter, 6 January 2021
The Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) took part in a rally called by Free Assange NZ in Wellington, ahead of the judicial verdict in London that unexpectedly halted the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US.
By Tom Peters, 5 January 2021
Twenty-one prisoners were involved in a six-day standoff to oppose rundown and unsanitary conditions at Waikeria Prison, exposing the false promises by the Labour Party-led government to make prisons more humane.
By Tom Peters, 31 December 2020
The royal commission’s findings that fascist Brenton Tarrant could not have been stopped from killing 51 people in Christchurch, and that he had no connections with far-right groups, are not believable.
By Tom Peters, 29 December 2020
Two workers living in Porirua, where the median rent is $595 a week, told the WSWS that the Labour Party government had done nothing to improve living standards.
China: Apple factory workers protest over jobs; Sri Lankan garment workers strike over cuts to annual bonus; New Zealand home care workers strike
24 December 2020
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By Tom Peters, 21 December 2020
Around 5,200 international students enrolled in New Zealand have been stuck offshore this year and many are facing significant financial hardship due to the country’s draconian border restrictions.
By Tom Peters, 15 December 2020
Nathan Smith, chief editor of the New Zealand Initiative and a major writer for the National Business Review, ran a personal blog featuring anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim diatribes.
By Tom Peters, 10 December 2020
The commission’s report asserts that despite many warnings of far-right violence, the massacre which killed 51 people at two Christchurch mosques could not have been prevented; it calls for more powers and resources for the intelligence agencies.
By John Braddock, 8 December 2020
The housing crisis, exacerbating the massive transfer of wealth from the working class to the rich, further exposes the pro-business agenda of the Ardern-led government,
By Tom Peters, 5 December 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern did not condemn the murder of at least 39 unarmed people in Afghanistan by Australian special forces, but denounced a Chinese official’s tweet that drew attention to these war crimes.
By Tom Peters, 3 December 2020
The royal commission’s report into the massacre of 51 people in Christchurch in March 2019 by fascist Brenton Tarrant is destined to be a whitewash, with crucial evidence being kept secret.
By Tom Peters, 30 November 2020
An estimated 2,000 work NZ visa holders have been stuck in India for nine months, many of whom have lost their jobs and are in severe hardship.
By Tom Peters, 24 November 2020
Prime Minister Ardern did not condemn the Australian war crimes, as her government has sought to cover up similar atrocities committed by New Zealand special forces.
By Tom Peters, 20 November 2020
Despite the Labour government’s promises to investigate the explosion which killed 29 men, no one from Pike River Coal has been held accountable for blatantly unsafe practices that put profit ahead of lives.
By John Braddock, 18 November 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern again repudiates her promise to eliminate child poverty and the housing affordability crisis.
By Tom Peters, 16 November 2020
The Labour Party government’s draconian border restrictions have left thousands of people stranded outside New Zealand despite being legally entitled to live in the country.
By our reporter, 13 November 2020
Speakers debunked the claims of pseudo-left groups that the re-election of Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party is a win for workers, and outlined the stronger military alliance between New Zealand and the US in the context of a crisis of democracy in Washington and preparations for war against China.
By Tom Peters, 12 November 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern noted that New Zealand had strengthened its alliance with the US during the Trump administration and promised this would continue under a Biden administration.
By John Braddock, 4 November 2020
The move to legalise euthanasia was championed by the far-right ACT Party amid growing demands among ruling elites for the elderly to be sacrificed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Tom Peters, 3 November 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision to form a de facto coalition with the Greens points to Labour’s nervousness about being a one-party government imposing historic attacks on workers and building up the military in preparation for war.
By Tom Peters, 30 October 2020
The National Party suffered its second-worst election defeat in history after being systematically destabilised for advocating stronger business ties with China, which is the target of US war plans.
By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 29 October 2020
Some of the richest areas of the country switched their support to Labour, seeing it as a more reliable option than the rival National Party to deepen the assault on working class living standards and boost the profits of the business elite.
By Tom Peters, 26 October 2020
Jacobin magazine, a pseudo-left publication that supports the US Democratic Party, has joined in the international media chorus falsely portraying Jacinda Ardern’s anti-working class and pro-imperialist government as progressive.
Public webinar: For a socialist program against the New Zealand Labour government's right-wing agenda
By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 24 October 2020
The Socialist Equality Group (NZ) is holding a webinar on November 8 to expose the right-wing, pro-imperialist agenda of Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party government, which is being falsely glorified as a progressive alternative to right-wing governments internationally.
By John Braddock, 23 October 2020
Labour and the Greens both used the election to reassure the corporate elite they would continue to meet their demands.
By Tom Peters, 21 October 2020
Far from being a progressive alternative to Trump and other right-wing populists, Ardern is being embraced in the world’s corporate media precisely because of her Labour Party government’s pro-war and pro-business policies, packaged with her “kind” and “inclusive” persona.
By Tom Peters, 19 October 2020
The Labour Party has gained significant support from businesses and sections of the upper middle class after launching an assault on the living conditions of the working class.
By Tom Peters, 17 October 2020
The International Socialist Organisation and Socialist Aotearoa support the re-election of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government, which is carrying out a historic assault on the living standards of the working class.
By Tom Peters, 16 October 2020
Whatever the make-up of the government after tomorrow’s election, it will continue the assault on the working class and further integrate New Zealand into US war plans.
New Zealand 2020 election
The fight for social equality, against the pandemic and against war, is the fight for world socialism
By The Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 15 October 2020
Socialist-minded workers and young people should reject the fantasy promoted by the Labour Party-led government and its apologists that New Zealand can separate itself from the global capitalist crisis.
By John Braddock, 14 October 2020
The record proves that an incoming Labour-Greens coalition would be completely subservient to the demands of big business.
By John Braddock, 10 October 2020
Both Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and opposition leader Judith Collins pledged continued support for the US, as it prepares for war against China, while proposing nothing to stop the worst social crisis since the Great Depression.
By Our reporter, 6 October 2020
Members of the SEG (New Zealand) and the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) spoke on the global pandemic, the danger of war and dictatorship, and the right-wing record of Jacinda Ardern’s government.
Public meeting: New Zealand’s COVID election, the breakdown of capitalism and the fight for socialism
By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 28 September 2020
The Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) will hold a public online meeting, via Zoom, on Saturday October 3 at 4:00p.m. NZ time.
By Harry Hall, 23 September 2020
Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party-led government has refused to address child poverty as the country heads into an unprecedented social and economic crisis.
India: Chennai garbage workers strike; Sri Lankan bank workers protest over contracts; Australian waterfront workers walkout
19 September 2020
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By John Braddock, 18 September 2020
More than 10,000 Auckland University students have signed petitions opposing the resumption of lectures and classes amid ongoing community transmission of COVID-19.
By Tom Peters, 5 September 2020
The Green co-leader’s decision to approve nearly $12 million in funding for an elite private school is in keeping with the pro-business politics of the party.
West Bengal administrative workers strike; Maharashtra nurses hold state-wide protests; private sector nurses strike in New Zealand
5 September 2020
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By our correspondents, 3 September 2020
We call on our readers to come to the defence of Scalice by sending statements of support to the WSWS opposing the slanderous attack on him by the Communist Party of the Philippines.
By Tom Peters, 1 September 2020
The decision to reopen schools and workplaces, despite new cases of COVID-19 being reported every day, was opposed by some of the government’s own health advisors.
Thousands of workers strike at Indian arms factories; Indonesian police attack paper mill workers; South Korean doctors continue strike
29 August 2020
By Tom Peters, 28 August 2020
There are many unanswered questions about how fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant was able to carry out his attack without being stopped by the police or intelligence agencies.
Pakistani university workers oppose job cuts; Offshore gas platform workers strike in Western Australia; New Zealand health workers protest
22 August 2020
By John Braddock, 20 August 2020
The election delay, only the fourth such postponement in the country’s history, highlights the increasing political instability triggered by COVID-19.
By John Braddock, 18 August 2020
The Labour government’s inquiry exonerated the SAS, claiming the civilian deaths were “justified,” and complied with international law.
By Tom Peters, 13 August 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government failed to undertake mass testing and left the country unprepared for a second outbreak of COVID-19.
By Tom Peters, 5 August 2020
The WSWS spoke with Anjum Rahman from the Islamic Women’s Council, which is concerned about secrecy surrounding the royal commission into last year’s fascist attack.
By John Braddock, 31 July 2020
The diplomatic rift, underpinned by a domestic anti-China propaganda campaign, echoes Washington’s increasingly aggressive operations against Beijing.
By John Braddock, 29 July 2020
Like other corporates, The Warehouse is using the pandemic and resulting economic downturn to accelerate job cuts and destroy working conditions.
By Tom Peters, 24 July 2020
A woman who is unable to enter New Zealand, despite being married to a citizen, said that migrants have become political pawns in the campaign for the national election.
By Tom Peters, 20 July 2020
One migrant from South Africa told the WSWS that being sent back would put her in extreme poverty and at risk of dying from COVID-19.
By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 18 July 2020
The National Party, which supports stronger business links with China, has been thrown into chaos by the escalating US-led preparations for war.
By John Braddock, 15 July 2020
The smelter’s closure is part of the escalating attack on jobs and livelihoods among major sections of the workforce in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Tom Peters, 11 July 2020
The Labour Party-led government is spending billions on new naval vessels and armoured vehicles, while praising the Australian military build-up against China.
By Tom Peters, 9 July 2020
The resignation of David Clark just months before an election, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, points to political instability in the Labour Party-led government.
By our reporters, 6 July 2020
The Socialist Equality Group’s Tom Peters spoke at one of the Wellington vigils, which was part of global protests held to mark the jailed WikiLeaks founder’s birthday.
By Tom Peters, 3 July 2020
There is growing support for a petition urging the government to immediately process tens of thousands of residency applications which have been left in limbo.
By Tom Peters, 1 July 2020
The Labour Party-led government is delaying the processing of migrant visa applications, leaving tens of thousands of people in limbo.
By Tom Peters, 26 June 2020
The attack on an unarmed Maori man in Auckland follows mass protests against police violence and the arming of officers.
By Tom Peters, 23 June 2020
The Ardern government has placed the military in charge of quarantine hotels after health authorities allowed travellers to leave without being cleared of COVID-19.
By Tom Peters, 16 June 2020
New Zealand’s health system is in severe crisis following decades of austerity and is unprepared for future COVID-19 outbreaks.
By Tom Peters, 15 June 2020
Tens of thousands of people joined another day of protests as part of the global movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd by US police.
By Tom Peters, 12 June 2020
Faced with overwhelming opposition to armed officers, the Labour Party-led government and the police have temporarily withdrawn a push to introduce Armed Response Teams.
By Tom Peters, 8 June 2020
The Labour Party-led government’s legislation would empower the Chief Censor “to make swift time-limited interim classification assessments of any publication.”
By Tom Peters, 2 June 2020
Thousands rallied in solidarity with those protesting police killings in the United States, and many expressed opposition to the further militarisation of the New Zealand Police.
By Tom Peters, 30 May 2020
More than a third of the population is in financial difficulty, as the Ardern Labour Party-led coalition government presides over tens of thousands of job cuts.
By Tom Peters, 25 May 2020
The two-year tenure of departing National Party leader Simon Bridges was marked by sharp, inner-party divisions over New Zealand’s relations with China.
By John Braddock, 23 May 2020
Unions are helping to implement deep inroads into jobs, wages and conditions and to ensure the reopening of businesses and schools regardless of safety risks from COVID-19.
By Tom Peters, 22 May 2020
New Zealand, a de facto American ally and member of the US-led Five Eyes intelligence network, is integrated into the anti-China build-up.
By John Braddock, 19 May 2020
While handing over billions to big business through the COVID-19 crisis, Labour’s budget boosts the military and prepares a sweeping assault on the social position of the working class.
By Tom Peters, 16 May 2020
Having handed tens of billions of dollars to big business, the Labour Party-led government is presiding over an increase in unemployment and social misery on a scale not seen in generations.
By Tom Peters, 13 May 2020
The Labour Party-led government is moving to appease big business and ignoring calls from scientists for an extension of lockdown measures.
By Tom Peters, 11 May 2020
Racists are being emboldened as the Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition government strengthens its alignment with US imperialism against China.
By John Braddock, 9 May 2020
The simmering crisis has erupted as nurses and other health workers are carrying the brunt of the struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Tom Peters, 7 May 2020
The government is testing police state measures that will be used against opposition to mass unemployment and the social crisis triggered by the pandemic.
By John Braddock, 29 April 2020
The attempt to foist responsibility for COVID-19 on China, recently endorsed by the Ardern Labour government, is a reactionary political lie.
By Tom Peters, 24 April 2020
Even as new COVID-19 cases are reported each day, the Labour Party-led government is gambling with the lives and health of the population.
By Tom Peters, 21 April 2020
There is opposition among teachers, in particular, to the decision to lift restrictions on businesses and reopen schools while there is still community transmission of coronavirus.
By John Braddock, 18 April 2020
Sections of NZ’s business elite are demanding an end to the month-long COVID-19 lockdown and for working people to risk their lives to defend the capitalist economy.
By Tom Peters, 14 April 2020
The Ardern government is being glorified to cover up the fact that its response to the pandemic protects the wealth of the super-rich, while attacking the living standards of the working class.
By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 9 April 2020
The coronavirus-induced crisis is having a devastating effect on jobs, with unemployment expected to reach levels unseen since the Great Depression.
By John Braddock, 6 April 2020
At 72 cases and still rising, Auckland’s Marist College contains the country’s biggest cluster of COVID-19 infections.
By Tom Peters, 2 April 2020
Workers spoke to the WSWS about the lack of personal protective equipment and other safety measures.