New Zealand

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

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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

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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

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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.

New Zealand: Christchurch terrorist pleads guilty

By Tom Peters, 31 March 2020

Many questions remain about the attack by fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant last year, which killed 51 people and injured 49 at two Christchurch mosques.

Workers remain at risk during New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown

By Tom Peters, 28 March 2020

A state of emergency has been imposed, parliament suspended and the military placed on standby, but many workers remain at risk of contagion.

Pakistan: District government workers strike over unpaid wages; New Zealand plastics workers strike over COVID-19 concerns

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28 March 2020

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New Zealand health workers speak out on lack of preparation for COVID-19 pandemic

By Tom Peters, 24 March 2020

One nurse told the WSWS: “All the health workers are just going to get infected themselves, and then there’s going to be nobody to look after anybody.”

New Zealand government warns tens of thousands could die, imposes lockdown

By Tom Peters, 24 March 2020

Medical professionals have warned that the country is unprepared for a significant outbreak of coronavirus and New Zealand “will look like Italy or the US” without extreme measures.

New Zealand government predicts COVID-19 recession, gives billions to business

By Tom Peters, 18 March 2020

The Labour Party-led government announced a $12.1 billion pro-business stimulus package on Tuesday, while declaring tens of thousands will lose their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis.

New Zealand cabinet minister Shane Jones continues to stoke racism

By John Braddock, 17 March 2020

Jones’ anti-immigrant salvos are a sign of the extreme right-wing, nationalist agenda on which the September election will be contested by all the major parties.

“Horror start” for New Zealand workplace deaths in 2020

By Chris Ross and John Braddock, 16 March 2020

Workplace fatalities are at their worst in nearly a decade, with 108 deaths in 2019, compared with 63 in 2018.

One year after the New Zealand fascist terrorist attack

By Tom Peters, 14 March 2020

While many questions remain unanswered about the fascist massacre of 51 people in Christchurch, the Labour-led government has continued to foster xenophobia and embolden extreme right-wing groups.

Rottenomics: The Story of New Zealand’s Leaky Buildings Disaster

How profit-gouging and government deregulation created New Zealand’s home-building catastrophe

By John Braddock, 12 March 2020

Peter Dyer’s book explains how Labour and National Party governments created New Zealand’s “leaky homes” scandal.

New Zealand PM Ardern boosts relations on Fiji visit

By John Braddock, 7 March 2020

Ardern’s visit was used to cement relations with Fiji, which plays a critical role in the US-led drive to counter growing Chinese influence and prepare for war.

Late New Zealand PM Mike Moore lauded as a “working-class hero”

By John Braddock, 4 March 2020

Moore’s glorification reflects concerns in ruling circles over widespread popular alienation from the Labour Party and the entire parliamentary set-up.

Coronavirus accelerates job cutting in New Zealand

By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 2 March 2020

As the world economy slows and the COVID-19 virus disrupts travel and supply chains, New Zealand workers are being laid off in a range of industries.

New Zealand: Pseudo-left ISO promotes illusions in right-wing Labour-led government

By Tom Peters, 27 February 2020

Despite two-and-a-half years of worsening social inequality, stronger police-state measures, and deepening ties with US imperialism, the pseudo-left ISO claims that the Labour Party-led government can change course and “help the working class.”

SEG (New Zealand) rally in Wellington demands freedom for Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 26 February 2020

Speakers denounced the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder and the whistleblower, Chelsea Manning, who are both in prison and being psychologically tortured for revealing US war crimes.

Support grows for New Zealand rallies to free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By Tom Peters, 18 February 2020

The Socialist Equality Group (NZ) is holding a rally in Wellington on Sunday February 23 as part of worldwide demonstrations in defence of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

New Zealand’s Waitangi Day promotes nationalism and militarism

By Tom Peters, 13 February 2020

New Zealand’s national day was marked with the opening of a museum to glorify Maori participation and “sacrifice” for imperialism in World War II.

Thousands of students affected by New Zealand’s anti-Chinese travel ban

By Tom Peters, 11 February 2020

A student who spoke to the WSWS described the travel ban, ostensibly aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus, as a “dream come true” for the NZ First Party and other right-wing nationalists.

New Zealand’s coronavirus travel ban stokes tensions with China

By Tom Peters, 6 February 2020

The Labour Party-led government’s decision to suspend inbound travel from China is a nationalist move that is stoking tensions with China.

Take up the fight for international socialism! Join the IYSSE!

the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 5 February 2020

One month into 2020, the crisis of capitalism threatens youth with the danger of nuclear war, authoritarianism, climate catastrophe and worsening inequality. International socialism is the answer.

The right-wing record of Jacinda Ardern’s government in New Zealand

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 3 February 2020

Labour’s decision to give the anti-immigrant NZ First Party a central role in government signalled a further shift towards nationalism and war preparations.

Paralysed woman faces life-threatening deportation from New Zealand to Tonga

By Harry Hall and Tom Peters, 31 January 2020

Paraplegic woman Taipaleti Vaeatangitau is due to be deported with her family at the end of the month, despite doctors warning she could die in Tonga.

Fascistic New Zealand soldier charged with disclosing military information

By Tom Peters, 25 January 2020

The soldier was a leading member of the Dominion Movement, which espoused the same fascist ideology as the Christchurch terrorist who killed 51 people in March 2019.

Indian midday-meal workers strike for higher wages; Australian rail workers strike again

Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia

25 January 2020

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New Zealand Greens support military build-up

By Tom Peters, 23 January 2020

The Green Party, part of the Labour-led government, is backing $20 billion in military upgrades and increased army recruitment, purportedly because it will help address the impact of climate change.

New Zealand fascist group targets Chinese-born MP

By Tom Peters, 16 January 2020

Action Zealandia, whose website resembles the Christchurch terrorist’s manifesto, placed racist posters on National Party MP Jian Yang’s office.

New Zealand’s Daily Blog demands anti-immigrant measures against “Australians fleeing climate change”

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 15 January 2020

The trade union-funded blog, which supports the Labour-led government, calls for a major increase in military spending to turn New Zealand into a “fortress” against immigrants.

New Zealand government backs US provocations against Iran

By Tom Peters, 10 January 2020

New Zealand’s Labour Party-led government has backed the US assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani and refused to withdraw NZ troops from Iraq.