New Zealand

New Zealand police introduce new armed units

By Tom Peters, 16 November 2019

The Labour Party-led government is exploiting the Christchurch terrorist attack to further arm the police and increase their anti-democratic powers.

Indian Honda contract workers still on strike; West Bengal teachers demand pay rise; maintenance workers take industrial action at Australian paper mill

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand

16 November 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

New Zealand cabinet minister echoes fascist gunman’s manifesto

By John Braddock, 14 November 2019

The NZ First MP’s calculated rant, with its fixation on “birth rates” and scare-mongering over “legions” of immigrants, mirror the Christchurch terrorist’s fascist screed.

Measles epidemic spreads from New Zealand to Pacific Islands

By John Braddock, 9 November 2019

Scientists had been warning of the danger of an outbreak, but requests for a campaign to plug immunisation gaps were ignored.

New Zealand military to expand Pacific presence

By John Braddock, 8 November 2019

The new Defence Paper extends the military’s engagement in the region in line with Washington’s war drive against China.

New Zealand Labour-led government extends draconian anti-terror laws

By John Braddock, 7 November 2019

The new legislation, which proposes new control orders for people trying to return home after allegedly supporting extremist groups overseas, vastly expands existing anti-terror laws.

New Zealand: Anti-China propagandist Anne-Marie Brady speaks at Victoria University of Wellington

By Tom Peters, 2 November 2019

Brady is demanding a full-scale witch hunt against Chinese “interference” in order to align New Zealand even more closely with US war preparations.

New Zealand defence chief admits Afghan civilian death

By John Braddock, 28 October 2019

The admission to the Operation Burnham inquiry was the first by the Defence Force, which has repeatedly covered up the truth about the 2010 SAS raid.

New Zealand: Fire engulfs $800 million Auckland construction site

By Tom Peters, 24 October 2019

A fire that has devastated Auckland’s $700 million SkyCity Convention Centre construction site will have a significant economic impact.

New Zealand government introduces class-based immigration restrictions

By Tom Peters, 22 October 2019

The Labour Party-led government has imposed draconian restrictions to prevent working class immigrants from bringing their parents to join them in New Zealand.

Sexual assault scandal shakes New Zealand government

By Tom Peters, 18 October 2019

The Labour Party, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, last month came under attack in the media over unproven and anonymous allegations of sexual assault by a senior staff member.

New Zealand housing crisis worsens under Labour government

By John Braddock, 16 October 2019

Landlords and property speculators have exploited the housing crisis and the Labour government’s pro-business policies.

Protest in New Zealand six months after Assange’s arrest

By our reporters, 14 October 2019

The Socialist Equality Group’s Tom Peters denounced the New Zealand government’s support for US imperialism and the persecution of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

New Zealand: Unexplained death at university hall of residence

By John Braddock, 3 October 2019

While stresses on students are escalating, privately-run residential halls maintain profits by cost-cutting and slashing pastoral care.

Crisis of unmet need in New Zealand’s health system

By Harry Hall, 2 October 2019

Thousands of people are being denied surgery and treatment for cancer, endometriosis, mental health and other conditions, due to chronic understaffing and under-resourcing.

New Zealand PM promotes internet censorship at UN

By Tom Peters, 30 September 2019

Jacinda Ardern met with world leaders and tech companies to promote a new “crisis response protocol” to rapidly remove online content deemed “extremist.”

170,000 join climate change protests in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 28 September 2019

School students were joined by tens of thousands of workers and university students to demand action to prevent catastrophic climate change.

New Zealand opposition National Party attacked over relations with China

By John Braddock, 14 September 2019

The campaign by the Labour Party-led government and its supporters against “Chinese influence” is part of escalating preparations for a US-led war in the Pacific.

New Zealand police destroyed Pike River mine disaster evidence

By Tom Peters, 13 September 2019

The latest revelations are further evidence of a cover-up designed to protect Pike River Coal’s management from prosecution for the 2010 disaster that killed 29 people.

“Horrendous” increase in New Zealand suicide rates

By John Braddock, 9 September 2019

As social conditions deteriorate, suicide deaths reached 685 last year, the highest number since records began.

Official report exposes dire conditions in New Zealand prisons

By John Braddock, 6 September 2019

The prison population has risen for 30 years, ever since the “pro-market” program launched by David Lange’s 1984–1990 Labour government.

A year after sellout deal

Crisis erupts in New Zealand Nurses Organisation

By Tom Peters, 5 September 2019

Both factions of the NZNO leadership are complicit in imposing a rotten deal in 2018 that entrenched low wages and a staffing shortage in hospitals.

New Zealand economic forecast: “Things could turn ugly”

By John Braddock, 29 August 2019

The US-China trade war, slowing growth in New Zealand’s export markets, and dampened business investment are key issues facing the local economy as the global recession looms.

Tongan government threatens to block access to Facebook

By Tom Peters, 27 August 2019

The threat to ban Facebook follows intense criticism on social media of Tonga’s royal family, and growing popular anger over social inequality.

New Zealand government exploits Christchurch shooter’s letter to push for censorship of prisoners

By Tom Peters, 22 August 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seized on the publication of a letter by Brenton Tarrant to demand all prisoners’ letters containing “hate speech” be blocked.

New Zealand: Outrage over babies taken by the state

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 17 August 2019

The brutal seizure of babies and infants from poor, mostly Maori families, has provoked public protests and outrage in the working class.

US defence secretary, NATO chief visit New Zealand to strengthen military ties

By Tom Peters, 10 August 2019

The visits by US defence secretary Mark Esper and NATO general secretary Jens Stoltenberg were aimed at incorporating New Zealand further into the military build-up against China, Russia and Iran.

New Zealand: Maori nationalist parties exploit protest against property development

By Tom Peters, 8 August 2019

There is broad support for one of the country’s most significant archaeological sites, but the organisers are promoting illusions in the political establishment and the Maori tribal elites.

Official New Zealand inquiry into Afghan war crimes further exposed as a whitewash

By Alan Johnson and John Braddock, 26 July 2019

The Labour government’s inquiry seeks to clean up the image of the NZ Defence Force for new wars.

New Zealand foreign minister repeats call for increased US role in Pacific

By John Braddock, 25 July 2019

Peters’ speech echoed his earlier appeal for a stronger US-New Zealand military and strategic alliance to counter Beijing.

SEG (New Zealand) holds rally in defence of Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 16 July 2019

The Socialist Equality Group (SEG) rally in Wellington was part of the International Committee of the Fourth International’s campaign to mobilise workers and young people throughout the world to stop Assange’s rendition to the US.

Euthanasia bill before New Zealand parliament

By John Braddock, 13 July 2019

The bill, which would make assisted suicide legal, is sponsored by leader of the far-right ACT party amid a sharpening social crisis.

Protest in New Zealand against US brutality towards refugees

By Tom Peters, 8 July 2019

The July 4 rally outside the US embassy in Wellington demonstrated the growing international outrage at the Trump administration’s concentration camps for migrants and refugees.

New Zealand secondary teachers’ union pushes through sellout

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 3 July 2019

The deal pushed through by the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association, following a similar sellout by the primary teachers’ union, will only see the crisis in schools worsen.

New Zealand media promote new far-right Christian party

By Tom Peters, 2 July 2019

The media has given extraordinary publicity to Coalition NZ, founded by the fundamentalist Destiny Church, which held an anti-Muslim rally at the site of the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) calls rally to demand freedom for Julian Assange

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 25 June 2019

Support the SEG’s rally on Sunday July 14 as part of the international campaign to demand freedom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

New Zealand neo-Nazi jailed for 21 months for sharing video of mosque shootings

By Tom Peters, 24 June 2019

The trial was a test case for anti-democratic legislation that can and will be used to suppress mounting social opposition from the working class.

Vote no to union sellout of New Zealand teachers! Mobilise the working class against the Ardern Labour government!

By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 18 June 2019

Following last month’s historic strike, the primary and secondary teacher unions are seeking to impose a sellout deal and shut down the teachers’ struggle.

Accused Christchurch terrorist in court, trial set for next year

By Tom Peters, 15 June 2019

Three months after New Zealand’s worst-ever mass shooting, public discussion of the political causes of the attack and the role of state agencies is being effectively censored.

New Zealand government extends Iraq and Afghanistan troop deployments

By Tom Peters, 14 June 2019

Contrary to statements by the Greens and pseudo-lefts, the Labour Party-led government is strengthening New Zealand’s alliance with US imperialism.

New Zealand protest opposes persecution of Julian Assange and Australian journalists

By our reporters, 13 June 2019

Tom Peters of the Socialist Equality Group warned that press freedom and democratic rights are “not compatible with endless war and endless attacks on living standards.”

New Zealand: Teacher at impoverished school speaks out against conditions that led to last month’s historic strike

By Tom Peters, 11 June 2019

The WSWS interviewed a New Zealand teacher, who revealed the growing crisis facing severely under-resourced schools in rural towns.

New Zealand secondary teachers’ union cancels industrial action

By Tom Peters, 7 June 2019

There is growing anger over the Labour Party-led government’s refusal to adequately fund education, and the unions’ efforts to isolate teachers.

New Zealand budget delivers billions for the military, starves public services

By Tom Peters, 1 June 2019

The Labour Party-led coalition government’s “well-being budget” deepens the program of austerity and militarism supported by all the parties in parliament.

52,000 teachers strike in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 30 May 2019

The biggest teachers’ strike in the country’s history drew support from many parents and workers who are affected by the worsening social crisis.

Tens of thousands join climate strike in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 29 May 2019

While organisers called for “pressure” to be placed on the parliamentary parties, many students agreed climate change could not be addressed without abolishing capitalism.

New Zealand teachers’ strike: Break from Labour and the unions! Unite the working class against austerity!

By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 28 May 2019

The nationwide strike by 52,000 primary and secondary teachers points to the intensifying struggle against the Labour Party-led government’s austerity measures.

New Zealand media to censor coverage of Christchurch terrorist’s trial

By Tom Peters, 23 May 2019

Corporate and state media have agreed to self-censorship of Tarrant’s trial in order to obscure the connection between his views and the xenophobia promoted by the ruling class internationally.

New Zealand PM leads global Internet censorship campaign

By Tom Peters, 18 May 2019

New Zealand’s Labour Party-led government is heading international efforts to exploit the Christchurch terrorist attacks to ramp up restrictions on social media.

France hosts “Christchurch call” summit to intensify internet censorship

By Will Morrow, 16 May 2019

Under the banner of fighting terrorism, the social media giants and capitalist states are seeking to censor social media to banish left-wing and anti-war views.

New Zealand government’s promises to combat child poverty exposed

By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 16 May 2019

The Labour-led government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is overseeing growing poverty and social inequality.

New Zealand Labour government rules out capital gains tax

By John Braddock, 13 May 2019

Ardern’s capitulation to NZ First leader, Winston Peters, over what was a major election promise, underscores yet again the right-wing character of her government.

Free Assange NZ denounces hypocrisy at World Press Freedom Day event

By Tom Peters, 11 May 2019

Alex Hills from Free Assange New Zealand condemned the British government’s “brazen hypocrisy” and called on the media to “end the smears and lies about an anti-war hero.”

Australian fascist group tried to recruit Christchurch terrorist

By Tom Peters, 8 May 2019

The latest revelation further discredits claims by the Australian and New Zealand governments and police that Tarrant was a lone gunman whose attack could not have been prevented.

The Christchurch terror attack and the promotion of fascism by the ruling elite

By Tom Peters, 8 May 2019

We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online rally delivered by Tom Peters.

New Zealand bus worker dies of stroke after corporate restructure

By our correspondent, 17 April 2019

Wellington bus controller Dmitri Edwards died following a “day from hell,” during which he had to make 85 changes to rosters and schedules.

New Zealand rally demands freedom for Julian Assange

By our reporters, 15 April 2019

Tom Peters from the Socialist Equality Group (NZ) told the rally that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s life will be in danger if he is extradited from Britain to the US.

Australian intelligence chief says no need for “reset” after New Zealand fascist attack

By Mike Head, 13 April 2019

The ASIO director-general’s testimony raises further questions about how the violent plans of an Australian fascist supposedly went unnoticed by the state agencies.

Australian police dismissed death threat by Christchurch terrorist

By Tom Peters, 12 April 2019

The revelation demolishes claims by Australian and New Zealand authorities that the fascist Brenton Tarrant was not “on the radar” of any state agencies.

New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch

By John Braddock, 10 April 2019

The royal commission will cover up the promotion of far-right extremism by the political establishment and pave the way for further anti-democratic police powers.

New Zealand fascist killer appears in court

By Hayden Johns, 8 April 2019

The push for Brenton Tarrant not to face terrorism charges is part of efforts to suppress discussion about the political motivations behind the March 15 massacre.

Christchurch terrorist donated to right-wing Austrian Identitarian movement

By Markus Salzmann, 3 April 2019

Clear political and ideological ties exist between the Australian fascist Brenton Tarrant, the Austrian Identitarian movement and the governing Freedom Party.

Christchurch terrorist’s fascist manifesto promotes trade unions

By Hayden Johns, 2 April 2019

The fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant, who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand, advocates the anti-immigrant, nationalist policies of the trade unions.

After fascist attack, New Zealand teacher unions cancel nationwide strike

By John Braddock, 2 April 2019

In a thoroughly anti-democratic decision, primary and secondary teacher unions have used the Christchurch attack as a pretext to call off a major nationwide strike.

Remembrance service held for New Zealand terror attack victims

By Tom Peters, 30 March 2019

The event was used by the NZ and Australian governments to appeal for unity, demand censorship of social media and cover up their role in creating the conditions for the fascist attack.

After fascist attack, New Zealand government enacts gun control measures

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 29 March 2019

The new laws serve to boost the powers of the state, while diverting attention from unanswered questions about the massacre in Christchurch.

New Zealand fascist killer had known Australian far-right links

By Mike Head, 28 March 2019

Despite claims that Tarrant was a “lone wolf” whose murderous plans could not have been detected, he had intimate connections with a fascistic network.

Why was the New Zealand terrorist attack not prevented?

By Tom Peters, 27 March 2019

There are serious unanswered questions about how fascist terrorist Brenton Tarrant was able to prepare and carry out the March 15 attack in Christchurch without any interference from police or intelligence agencies.

New Zealand government bans fascist terrorist Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto

By Tom Peters, 26 March 2019

The decision is a major attack on democratic rights aimed at covering up the political roots of the March 15 terrorist attack and suppressing discussion about the danger of fascism.

After fascist terror attack, New Zealand and Australia stoke tensions with Turkey

By Tom Peters, 25 March 2019

The Australian and New Zealand governments responded furiously to statements by Turkey’s president linking the massacre of Muslims in Christchurch with the Allies’ World War I campaign against the Ottoman Empire.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivers Russia probe inquiry report

By Kevin Reed, 23 March 2019

The report to the US Justice Department late Friday brings to a conclusion the 22-month investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Australian PM seeks to cover up political roots of fascist attack in New Zealand

By Mike Head, 23 March 2019

While the events in Christchurch have come as a shock to many working class people, the record shows that the evolution of an Australian fascist is hardly accidental.

Far right attacks on UK Muslims following New Zealand massacre

By Paul Mitchell, 21 March 2019

The attacks were preceded by the claim of Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, head of the UK’s Counter Terrorism Policing, that “there is no intelligence linking these appalling events in Christchurch to the UK.”

After far-right terror attack, New York Times glorifies New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

By Tom Peters, 21 March 2019

Internationally, the media is covering up the Labour Party-led government’s encouragement of xenophobia and its alliance with the right-wing nationalist, anti-immigrant NZ First Party.

Warnings of New Zealand neo-Nazi attack were ignored

By John Braddock and Tom Peters, 20 March 2019

The question must be raised: has the far-right been allowed to operate freely because it enjoys sympathy and support from the police and intelligence agencies in Australia and New Zealand?

Governments and media seek to cover up culpability for fascist attack in New Zealand

By James Cogan, 19 March 2019

Anti-immigrant demagogy has been used by the ruling class internationally to divide the working class and scapegoat migrants for social inequality.

The New Zealand terrorist attack and the international danger of fascism

By Tom Peters, 18 March 2019

The gunman prepared and carried out the terrorist atrocity on behalf of an international network of fascists and white supremacists.

Thousands of New Zealand students join climate change protests

By our reporters, 18 March 2019

Students defied pressure from school principals and the media to join climate strike walkouts on Friday in cities across New Zealand.

Fascist terrorists murder 49 in Christchurch, New Zealand

By Tom Peters and John Braddock, 16 March 2019

The attack is the outcome of the rise of far-right, fascistic networks that have developed around the world, with the collusion of the state apparatus.

Crucial evidence from New Zealand mine disaster missing

By Tom Peters, 13 March 2019

No one has been held accountable for blatant safety violations which led to the Pike River Coal mine explosion in 2010 that killed 29 men.

New Zealand foreign minister visits Fiji to strengthen military ties

By John Braddock, 6 March 2019

The Labour-led government’s boost to the Fijian military is part of a Pacific Reset strategy to reassert its imperialist interests as part of the US-led confrontation with China.

China retaliates over New Zealand government’s Huawei ban

By John Braddock, 22 February 2019

The retaliation by Beijing has revealed divisions over how to maintain business ties with China while strengthening NZ’s alliance with US imperialism.

Striking midwives rally outside New Zealand parliament

By Tom Peters, 20 February 2019

Midwives, doctors and other health workers face a common fight but their strikes are being divided and isolated by the union bureaucracy.

New Zealand housing crisis intensifies under Labour government

By John Braddock, 15 February 2019

The Labour government’s KiwiBuild scheme to address the deepening housing crisis has seen just 47 of 1,000 new homes promised by July completed.

New Zealand government expands police training in schools

By Tom Peters, 14 February 2019

The Police Studies course is being increased as part of the Labour-led government’s policy of boosting police recruitment, instilling discipline, and controlling the increasingly restive working class.

New Zealand doctors, midwives strike

By our reporters, 13 February 2019

All health workers face the same political struggle against the Labour-led government, which is imposing the austerity agenda demanded by big business.

New Zealand health unions suppress struggles against Labour government

By John Braddock, 6 February 2019

Thousands of health workers are facing a political struggle against the Labour-led government, which is imposing the deep austerity measures demanded by big business.

Second nationwide strike by New Zealand doctors

By our reporters, 30 January 2019

The WSWS spoke to doctors and their supporters outside Wellington Hospital as more than 3,300 held their second two-day nationwide strike this year.

New Zealand doctors to hold second nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 28 January 2019

Some 3,300 doctors will strike in public hospitals for the second time this year in opposition to major attacks on working conditions overseen by the Labour Party-led government.

New Zealand Labour government entrenches anti-worker measures

By John Braddock, 23 January 2019

The plummeting social position of the working class is an indictment of the Labour-led government and the trade unions.

New Zealand doctors prepare nationwide strike

By Tom Peters, 14 January 2019

Some 3,300 doctors will join the strike in opposition to deepening attacks on working conditions in public hospitals under the Labour Party-led government.

New Zealand’s public healthcare crisis worsens

By Tom Peters, 9 January 2019

Reports that thousands of people are being denied hospital treatment expose the fraud of the Labour-led government’s promises to improve the public health system.

Social crisis worsens under New Zealand Labour Party-led government

By Tom Peters, 28 December 2018

The promises of the ruling Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition to address poverty and inequality have been exposed as a fraud.

New Zealand government calls for greater US military presence in the Pacific

By Tom Peters, 24 December 2018

The Labour Party-led government’s call for a stronger American military presence in the Pacific region flows from New Zealand’s integration into US war plans against China.

David North addresses New Zealand meeting celebrating 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 11 December 2018

David North spoke to the meeting in Wellington about the history of the Fourth International, the lessons of the rise of fascism in the 1930s, and the political and theoretical basis for building a socialist leadership in the working class.

New Zealand teachers’ struggle at a crossroads

By Tom Peters, 1 December 2018

Teachers are determined to fight, but the unions are attempting to suppress their struggle by promoting illusions in the Labour-led government.

Intensifying US pressure on New Zealand government over China

By John Braddock, 29 November 2018

The Labour-led coalition is moving toward closer alignment with Washington’s anti-China offensive.

Anti-Chinese campaign escalates in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 17 November 2018

The media and the Labour Party-led government have painted Chinese investment in the Pacific as a threat to New Zealand.

New Zealand rail union enforces another pro-company pay deal

By our correspondent, 10 November 2018

In 2016, the Labour Party-dominated Greater Wellington Regional Council privatised the region's commuter rail service, to save $NZ100 million over 15 years at the expense of jobs, wages and conditions.

New Zealand: Bus union ends Wellington strike

By Tom Peters, 3 November 2018

The transport unions have sought to divide and demoralise workers and subordinate them to the Labour Party-led government.