By Tom Peters, 20 April 2016
The expansion is aimed at further incorporating New Zealand into Washington’s plans for war against China.
By John Braddock, 18 April 2016
The global slowdown is impacting across the board with jobs being destroyed in the public sector, manufacturing and retail.
By John Braddock, 15 April 2016
Successive Labour and National governments are responsible for New Zealand laws that allow foreign trusts to carry out massive tax avoidance.
By Tom Peters, 8 April 2016
The trade union-funded Daily Blog enthusiastically endorsed the proposal, reflecting the support for militarism and nationalism by Labour and the union bureaucracy.
By John Braddock, 6 April 2016
Academic Scott Poynting has been forced to take “study leave,” pending retirement, for likening the Israeli persecution of Palestinians to the Nazi treatment of Jews.
By Matthew Carrington and Tom Peters, 4 April 2016
The government and opposition sought to use the flag issue to whip up nationalism and encourage unquestioning respect for the military.
By John Braddock, 31 March 2016
A new round of restructuring within the New Zealand meat processing industry is underway.
By John Braddock, 28 March 2016
Opposition leader Andrew Little singled out Indian and Chinese chefs as scapegoats for rising unemployment and worsening living standards.
By John Braddock, 26 March 2016
The crisis in the New Zealand dairy industry following severe cuts to milk prices is a symptom of a broader economic slump.
By Tom Peters, 19 March 2016
Backed by the Labour Party, the government is preparing to effectively merge the internal and external spy agencies and remove restrictions on mass surveillance.
By Tom Peters, 10 March 2016
At protests against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the opposition parties have promoted Maori identity politics to block a unified struggle by workers against austerity and war.
By Richard Phillips, 8 March 2016
While thousands of Fijians desperately need assistance, Canberra and Wellington have seized on the disaster to advance their own geo-strategic interests.
By Tom Peters and Matthew Carrington, 1 March 2016
Thousands of residents have been abandoned by the government, which has protected the interests of big business, including the insurance industry.
By John Braddock, 20 February 2016
Moves by Russia to establish itself as a Pacific power, in response to the US drive to dominate the region, will only heighten tensions in the Asia Pacific.
By John Braddock, 16 February 2016
Public education is supposed to be free, but families are being pressured to give more money to schools every year.
By Tom Peters, 10 February 2016
The protest organisers do not speak for the working class but express the interests of less competitive sections of business that fear losing out to global rivals.
By Tom Peters, 4 February 2016
New Zealand’s opposition parties are leading a nationalist campaign against the TPP, but the entire political establishment backs the country’s integration into US war plans against China.
By Tom Peters, 4 February 2016
The claim that NZ Labour was founded as a socialist party in 1916 is a fabrication designed to justify the pseudo-left’s support for this pro-imperialist party.
By Tom Peters, 27 January 2016
The arrest of Ngatokotoru Puna sets the stage for more attacks on thousands of students and former students, who owe a combined total of $14.8 billion.
By John Braddock, 25 January 2016
The US withdrawal from the 27-year-old Tuna Treaty threatens to devastate the economies of many small island states.
By Tom Peters, 15 January 2016
As a result of the government’s austerity measures thousands of people are being denied vital operations, health workers’ wages have been cut and many people cannot afford prescription medicines.
By John Braddock, 8 January 2016
The ruling is a significant legal victory for the US and New Zealand’s National Party government, which has operated in concert with Washington throughout the affair.
By Jeremy Lin, 6 January 2016
A series of recent reports paint a grim picture of worsening poverty and social inequality.
By our correspondent, 31 December 2015
Despite the denials of the trade unions, rail workers face a new round of attacks on jobs and conditions.
By Sam Price, 29 December 2015
The opposition to the referendum reflects hostility to the promotion of nationalism and militarism to divert attention from social inequality.
By John Braddock, 23 December 2015
Little’s announcement that Labour would support sending elite SAS troops to the Middle East is fully in line with the demands of US imperialism.
By Tom Peters, 19 December 2015
The government has been forced to announce that it will not renew Serco’s contract to run Mount Eden Prison.
By Tom Peters, 9 December 2015
Dawe’s novel has been attacked in the media and by fundamentalist Christians because of its realistic depiction of New Zealand society, from the point of view of a working-class Maori teenager.
By Tom Peters, 27 November 2015
No one has been brought to justice because the company, successive governments and the unions are all complicit in the unsafe conditions that led to the tragedy.
By John Braddock, 24 November 2015
The war games are a sharp warning to the tiny states throughout the Pacific of what is in store if they defy the US-led drive against China.
By our reporters, 17 November 2015
Speakers opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a nationalist basis, while supporting New Zealand’s alliance with US militarism.
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 13 November 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the economic spearhead of Washington’s aggressive “pivot to Asia,” aimed at undermining China’s influence and preparing for war.
Ted Dawe’s Into the River: A compelling portrait of life for a working-class teenager in New Zealand
By Tom Peters, 10 November 2015
The novel has been attacked by fundamentalist Christians, the media and the state because of its realistic depiction of social inequality, racism and class oppression.
By Tom Peters, 26 October 2015
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bluntly rejected a request to end the removal of New Zealand-born Australian residents who have received prison sentences.
By Tom Peters and Sam Price, 22 October 2015
Suicides are most prevalent among young people, the unemployed and those in impoverished parts of the country.
By Tom Peters, 16 October 2015
As part of its restructuring, Solid Energy has announced the closure of its Huntly East Mine.
By our reporters, 13 October 2015
The WSWS spoke to Christian Haider, who witnessed the killing of Pera Smiler by police in Upper Hutt.
By Tom Peters, 6 October 2015
Junior Togatuki, who was found dead in his prison cell, was one of hundreds of long-term Australian residents being deported to New Zealand under a draconian new policy.
By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 3 October 2015
The state-owned coal mining company has agreed to a “gradual” sell-off that threatens over 700 workers.
By John Braddock, 1 October 2015
The push for charter schools exposes the right-wing trajectory of the Maori elite and the fraud of “self-determination.”
By John Braddock, 28 September 2015
Amid growing protests against the Nauru government, New Zealand’s bullying is aimed at bolstering its own neo-colonial interests.
By Tom Peters, 23 September 2015
Echoing pseudo-left organisations internationally, Socialist Aotearoa used last week’s pro-refugee demonstration in Auckland to promote the imperialist intervention in Syria.
By Tom Peters, 19 September 2015
The decision to ban the popular novel after a complaint by a fundamentalist Christian group is an attack on democratic rights.
By Tom Peters, 18 September 2015
As social tensions rise, the government’s response is to expand the prison system and boost the police, including by arming them with more deadly weapons.
By John Braddock, 15 September 2015
Many of the small Pacific Island states are low-lying and particularly vulnerable to the rising sea levels produced by higher global temperatures.
By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 14 September 2015
A relentless corporate-government assault on jobs and working conditions is underway in response to the global economic crisis.
By Tom Peters, 12 September 2015
There is widespread outrage at the government’s indifference to refugees and its support for US imperialism.
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 9 September 2015
The political establishment has sought to whip up hostility toward foreigners, while supporting the US-led wars that have produced the refugee crisis.
By Sam Price and Tom Peters, 5 September 2015
Five years after the first destructive earthquake, thousands of insurance claims have not been settled.
By Tom Peters, 29 August 2015
BlueScope Steel is threatening to shut down its Glenbrook steel plant in New Zealand and axe over 1,000 jobs.
By our reporter, 22 August 2015
Successive Labour and National-led governments, assisted by the unions, have already devastated the railway system over the past three decades.
By our reporters, 18 August 2015
The anti-TPP campaign is working overtime to divert opposition into reactionary nationalist and protectionist channels.
By John Braddock, 17 August 2015
New Zealand’s biggest company has announced a deep cut in its payout to dairy farmers amid a sharp downturn on world markets.
By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 15 August 2015
Gwyn, who oversees New Zealand’s state spy apparatus, was once a member of the Pabloite Socialist Action League.
By John Braddock, 12 August 2015
The unions have been operating from the outset to isolate and wear down workers in the protracted 18-month dispute over AFFCO’s demands for further cuts to working conditions.
By John Braddock, 8 August 2015
Protectionist opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership declared their satisfaction over the collapse of the negotiations.
By Tom Peters, 5 August 2015
In an attempt to whip up xenophobia, the Maori nationalist party asserted that “people of Asian descent are buying too many homes.”
By John Braddock, 18 July 2015
Labour’s xenophobic anti-Chinese campaigns dovetail with moves by Washington to integrate New Zealand into its “pivot” against China.
By John Braddock, 13 July 2015
According to Statistics NZ, almost 100,000 people are living in institutions, hotels, caravans, motor camps, boarding houses and even garages.
By Matthew Carrington and Tom Peters, 11 July 2015
Emboldened by the support it receives from Labour, the Greens and Mana, New Zealand First’s denunciations of foreigners are increasingly vicious.
By Tom Peters, 19 June 2015
Prime Minister Key defended Australian officials for intercepting 65 asylum seekers bound for New Zealand and sending them on a life-threatening voyage back to Indonesia.
By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 13 June 2015
The fate of two-year-old Emma-Lita Bourne in South Auckland highlights the appalling conditions faced by tens of thousands of families in public housing.
By Tom Peters, 27 May 2015
While claiming to support the poor, the government continues to impose the cost of the economic crisis on the working class.
By Chris Ross, 12 May 2015
The opposition Labour Party and the trade union bureaucracy are helping impose 151 job cuts at Solid Energy’s Stockton Mine.
By Nick Beams, 28 April 2015
The meetings of the SEP (Australia), held in the teeth of an official campaign to glorify militarism and attempts to prevent them from taking place, gave conscious political expression to opposition to war and attacks on democratic rights.
By Tom Peters, 23 April 2015
The out-of-control housing market is another example of how the financial elite continue to engage in the same parasitic activity that led to the 2008 financial crash.
By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 22 April 2015
Two exhibitions designed by filmmakers Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor cover up the causes of WWI and the working-class opposition to war.
By Tom Peters, 18 April 2015
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that NZ’s spy agency, the GCSB, has supported Bangladesh’s notorious security apparatus for at least 12 years.
By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2015
While denying any further expansion of the Australian role in the US-led war, Prime Minister Abbott said such matters were under “constant review.”
By Tom Peters, 10 April 2015
The Camp Gallipoli debacle reflects widespread anti-war sentiment among ordinary people who are hostile to the campaign to glorify World War I.
By Tom Peters, 7 April 2015
The aim of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s investigation is to whitewash the mass surveillance carried out by the Government Communications Security Bureau.
By Tom Peters, 6 April 2015
The pseudo-left ISO has no principled political differences with the capitalist Mana Party and hopes to continue collaborating with it.
By Tom Peters, 31 March 2015
The opposition Labour, Green and Mana parties have embraced NZ First’s anti-Chinese xenophobia.
By John Braddock, 26 March 2015
This chauvinist campaign dovetails with US moves to incorporate New Zealand more fully into its anti-China operations.
By Tom Peters, 24 March 2015
New Zealand spies on the Solomons and other Pacific countries to defend its imperialist interests in the region.
By Tom Peters, 14 March 2015
The government has attempted to suppress discussion of the revelations, which point to New Zealand’s collaboration with the US “pivot to Asia,” aimed at militarily encircling China.
By John Braddock, 12 March 2015
The anti-TPP campaign organisers represent sections of business that fear their interests and profits will be undermined by international competition.
By Tom Peters, 9 March 2015
New Zealand’s spying on almost two dozen countries is bound up with its own neo-colonial interests and US efforts to undermine China’s influence.
By Tom Peters, 26 February 2015
Prime Minister John Key described support for the war as the “price” of New Zealand’s membership in the US-led Five Eyes intelligence alliance.
By Tom Peters, 9 February 2015
The unions and opposition parties have supported the NZ First Party’s racist campaign against Asian students and immigrants.
By Tom Peters, 3 February 2015
Opposition leader Little made virtually no criticism of the government’s pro-market measures because Labour has accepted almost all of them.
By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 31 January 2015
The pro-business alliance, which was actively supported by various pseudo-left groups, collapsed after it failed to win a single seat in parliament.
By John Braddock, 26 January 2015
A property bubble and rampant speculation has contributed to soaring income inequality, housing over-crowding and homelessness.
By Tom Peters, 22 January 2015
The right-wing New Zealand First Party and Labour are calling for a more powerful and aggressive navy in order to extend the country’s control over the Southern Ocean.
By John Braddock, 29 December 2014
Hundreds queued for nine hours for emergency Christmas food parcels.
By Tom Peters, 10 December 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit was part of Beijing’s efforts to counter the US “pivot to Asia.”
By John Braddock, 8 December 2014
The bill gives stepped-up powers to allow the security services to carry out warrantless spying and suspend or cancel passports.
By Tom Peters, 2 December 2014
Former union leader Andrew Little’s installation has been praised by corporate media commentators, who recognise his record of support for big business.
By Tom Peters, 12 November 2014
The decision to join the renewed US war in the Middle East has been made behind the backs of the New Zealand people.
By Richard Phillips and Peter Symonds, 3 November 2014
The corruption scandals surrounding the by-elections underscore the intimate connection between government and various forms of speculative investment.
By John Braddock, 3 November 2014
All four candidates are committed to austerity and the drive to war.
By Tom Peters, 27 October 2014
Following Labour’s worst election defeat in 92 years, a pseudo-left group is continuing to promote the pro-war party of big business as “left wing.”
By our reporters, 17 October 2014
The World Socialist Web Site’s public meeting in Lower Hutt discussed the socialist alternative to the drive towards war and the austerity policies which every party supported in last month’s election.
By John Braddock, 8 October 2014
Labour’s loss of support in the working class cannot be reversed by a leadership change.
By Tom Peters, 7 October 2014
Just nine days after his government was re-elected, Prime Minister John Key said he would consider sending soldiers to Iraq.
29 September 2014
The September 20 election in New Zealand reflected the profound alienation of working people from the entire political establishment
By Tom Peters, 22 September 2014
About one million people did not vote, reflecting the widespread hostility of working people to the political establishment and its agenda of austerity and militarism.
By our reporters, 22 September 2014
WSWS reporters spoke to workers and youth at the main shopping centre in the working-class suburb of Lower Hutt, near Wellington, the day after the election, which revealed deep disaffection from the political establishment, particularly among young people [link to main article].
By John Braddock, 20 September 2014
At a Wellington meeting, the speakers all offered election promises to lessen poverty, knowing full well that none would be carried out.
By Tom Peters, 19 September 2014
Whatever the composition of the next government, it will deepen the assault on workers’ living standards while committing the country to imperialist wars.