New Zealand

New Zealand government negligence led to Auckland’s COVID-19 cluster

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.

New Zealand government policies worsen housing crisis

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.

Australia cancels citizenship of woman labelled ISIS terrorist

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.

Ten years after New Zealand earthquake, no justice for victims of building collapse

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.

Risk of COVID-19 outbreak in New Zealand after government ends three-day Auckland lockdown

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.

New Zealand towns’ drinking water contaminated with lead

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.

Air New Zealand admits to working for Saudi Arabian navy

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.

Australian PM calls on New Zealand to “align more” against China

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.

New Zealand government bans foreign cruise ship workers

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.

New Zealand: COVID-19 cases highlight risk of new outbreak

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.

New Zealand protest calls for action on climate change

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.

United Kingdom COVID-19 variant reaches New Zealand

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.

New Zealand PM silent on Trump’s culpability for Washington coup

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.

999 New Zealand: Ardern’s response to attempted coup in Washington

13 January 2021

999 New Zealand: Ardern’s response to attempted coup in Washington

12 January 2021

New Zealand inquiry covers up police dismissal of anti-Muslim threats prior to 2019 terror attack

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.

New Zealand protest demands freedom for Julian Assange

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.

Protest over appalling conditions in New Zealand prison

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.

Why was the 2019 New Zealand terror attack not prevented?

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.

Housing crisis fuels poverty and inequality in New Zealand

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

24 December 2020

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New Zealand’s border restrictions leave thousands of students stranded

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.

Editor of New Zealand’s major corporate think tank exposed as a bigot

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.

Royal commission into New Zealand terror attack whitewashes government agencies

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.

New Zealand housing crisis worsens under Labour

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,

New Zealand government denounces China’s condemnation of Australian war crimes

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.

New Zealand inquiry suppresses evidence about fascist terror attack

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.

Migrants protest in India demanding right to return to New Zealand

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.

New Zealand government, media downplay Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

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.

No justice for families 10 years after New Zealand’s Pike River mine disaster

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.

New Zealand government rejects calls to increase welfare payments

By John Braddock, 18 November 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern again repudiates her promise to eliminate child poverty and the housing affordability crisis.

Migrant workers demand right to return to their homes in New Zealand

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.

Socialist Equality Group webinar discusses New Zealand and US elections

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.

New Zealand government promises stronger US ties after Biden elected

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.

New Zealand to legalise euthanasia following referendum

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.

New Zealand Green Party joins right-wing Labour government

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.

What is behind the crisis in New Zealand’s National Party?

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.

Wealthy areas switched support to Labour Party in New Zealand election

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.

Jacobin hails New Zealand Labour government’s re-election

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.

New Zealand markets, business welcome Labour’s election victory

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.

International media hails New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s re-election

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.

Labour Party strengthens its hold on power in New Zealand election

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.

New Zealand pseudo-lefts support Labour and Greens in election

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.

Ahead of New Zealand election, PM Jacinda Ardern lies about reducing poverty

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.

New Zealand Green Party postures over tax, poverty

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.

New Zealand debates reveal bipartisan support for austerity and US alliance

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.

Socialist Equality Group holds webinar on the New Zealand election

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.

UNICEF condemns New Zealand’s child poverty as inequality grows

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

19 September 2020

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New Zealand: Auckland University backs away from resuming classes after mass student opposition

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.

New Zealand Greens in crisis over private school funding

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

5 September 2020

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Statements of support for historian Joseph Scalice from Australia and New Zealand

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.

New Zealand government ends Auckland lockdown

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 August 2020

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New Zealand: Christchurch terrorist jailed for life

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

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

22 August 2020

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New Zealand election date postponed as COVID-19 cases rise

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.

New Zealand Afghan inquiry declares SAS killings of civilians were “legal”

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.

New outbreak of COVID-19 in New Zealand

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.

Islamic Women’s Council calls for transparency from inquiry into New Zealand terrorist attack

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.

New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong

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.

New Zealand’s largest retail chain axes 1,080 jobs

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.

Couples and families separated by New Zealand’s border restrictions

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.

Campaign continues against New Zealand visa processing delays

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.

New Zealand’s opposition National Party in turmoil after another leadership change

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.

New Zealand aluminium smelter to close, axing 1,000 jobs

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.

New Zealand boosts preparations to join US war against China

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.

What is behind the New Zealand health minister’s resignation?

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.

Vigils in New Zealand demand freedom for Julian Assange

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.

More migrants speak out against New Zealand’s visa-processing delays

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.

Migrants challenge visa processing delays by New Zealand authorities

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.

New Zealand Police brutally attack young man in Auckland

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.

Quarantine bungles in New Zealand threaten new COVID-19 outbreak

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.

New Zealand government lifts all COVID-19 restrictions

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.

Protests against police violence and racism continue in New Zealand

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.

New Zealand Police ends armed units after widespread opposition

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.

New Zealand government introduces internet censorship legislation

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.”

Protests across New Zealand over US police murder of George Floyd

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.

Pandemic intensifies social crisis in New Zealand

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.

New Zealand opposition leadership change points to political instability

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.

New Zealand unions enforce school returns, mass layoffs and wage cuts

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.

New Zealand government stokes tensions with China

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.

New Zealand Labour government promises billions for big business

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.

Unemployment soars in New Zealand

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.

New Zealand government removes more COVID-19 restrictions

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.

New Zealand sees increase in racist anti-Chinese attacks

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.

New Zealand nurses’ union embroiled in factional crisis

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.

New Zealand government exploits pandemic to boost police and military powers

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.

New Zealand: Daily Blog ramps up anti-China campaign

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.

New Zealand teachers and nurses oppose easing of lockdown

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.

New Zealand government moves to end lockdown

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.

New Zealand businesses, media call for lifting of lockdown measures

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.

Media glorifies New Zealand government’s pro-business response to the pandemic

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.

New Zealand government says unemployment will hit “double digits”

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.

New Zealand school at centre of escalating COVID-19 outbreak

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.

New Zealand workers speak out on unsafe conditions, wage cuts

By Tom Peters, 2 April 2020

Workers spoke to the WSWS about the lack of personal protective equipment and other safety measures.