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Migrants Challenge Visa Processing Delays By New Zealand Authorities

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 11:15 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters As an election approaches in September, the New Zealand government, a coalition between the Labour Party, the right-wing nationalist NZ First and the Greens, is intensifying its anti-immigrant measures. Like its counterparts throughout ... More >>

Quarantine Bungles In New Zealand Threaten New COVID-19 Outbreak

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 10:50 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters On June 9, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government lifted all social distancing restrictions and declared the country free from the coronavirus, to great media fanfare in New Zealand and internationally. One week later, director-general ... More >>

On The Police Ending Armed Response Teams

Saturday, 13 June 2020, 5:13 pm | Socialist Equality Group

On June 9, Police Commissioner Andrew Coster announced that Armed Response Teams (ARTs) would not be made permanent, following a six-month trial that ended in April. Coster’s announcement follows protests by thousands of people on June 1 in all ... More >>

New Zealand Government Introduces Internet Censorship Legislation

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 11:42 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters Legislation introduced to New Zealand’s parliament late last month would vastly expand the power of state agencies to censor and remove online content deemed “objectionable.” The Films, Videos, and Publications Classification (Urgent ... More >>

Protests Across New Zealand Over US Police Murder Of George Floyd

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 1:52 pm | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters Tens of thousands of people joined protests and vigils in New Zealand on Monday in solidarity with the mass movement that has erupted in the United States following the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. Media ... More >>

Pandemic Intensifies Social Crisis In New Zealand

Sunday, 31 May 2020, 8:18 am | Socialist Equality Group

The New Zealand government’s Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) reported on Thursday that a survey of 3,000 people, conducted in April, found 34 percent of households were in “financial difficulty.” A further 40 percent were “at risk ... More >>

Unemployment Soars In New Zealand

Sunday, 17 May 2020, 5:32 pm | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters New Zealand’s ruling elite is responding to the economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic with job cuts, wage reductions and other attacks on the working class Announcing the Labour Party-led government’s annual budget ... More >>

New Zealand Sees Increase In Racist Anti-Chinese Attacks

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 11:06 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters New Zealand has seen an increase in racist attacks against Asian and Chinese people. Stuff reported on May 4 that in just five weeks the Human Rights Commission had received 86 reports of race-related incidents linked to the coronavirus ... More >>

New Zealand Nurses’ Union Embroiled In Factional Crisis

Monday, 11 May 2020, 8:01 am | Socialist Equality Group

Simmering factional warfare inside the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), the largest health sector trade union, has come to a head with the sudden resignation of its elected president, Grant Brookes, and three of his supporters from the governing ... More >>

New Zealand Government Exploits Pandemic To Boost Police And Military Powers

Friday, 8 May 2020, 10:14 am | Socialist Equality Group

New Zealand’s Labour Party-led government, like others throughout the world, is exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to test anti-democratic measures, including an extension of police and military powers. More >>

On The Moves To End The Lockdown

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 9:12 am | Socialist Equality Group

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that the government will ease its COVID-19 lockdown measures next Tuesday, April 28, five days later than originally planned, but sooner than some experts had advised. More >>

New Zealand Businesses, Media Call For Lifting Of Lockdown Measures

Monday, 20 April 2020, 7:27 am | Socialist Equality Group

By John Braddock On April 14, nearly three weeks into a month-long nationwide lockdown to combat COVID-19, the New Zealand Treasury painted a dire picture of the country’s economic prospects. The announcement preceded the International Monetary Fund forecast ... More >>

Media Glorifies New Zealand Government’s Pro-business Response To The Pandemic

Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 8:38 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters The corporate media internationally has hailed the response of the Labour Party-led government in New Zealand to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Washington Post article on April 7 declared that the country “isn’t just flattening the ... More >>

New Zealand Workers Speak Out On Unsafe Conditions, Wage Cuts

Friday, 3 April 2020, 8:13 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters Workers in New Zealand remain deeply concerned about being exposed to the potentially deadly COVID-19 coronavirus. The Labour Party-led government’s four-week shutdown of schools and non-essential businesses began on March 26 in an ... More >>

Workers Remain At Risk During NZ's Lockdown

Sunday, 29 March 2020, 12:19 pm | Socialist Equality Group

New Zealand’s total confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases reached 451 on March 28, an almost nine-fold increase in seven days. Twelve people are in hospital and two are in intensive care. No deaths have been reported, to this point. Most cases ... More >>

Pacific Islands Nations Threatened With Disaster By Coronavirus

Friday, 20 March 2020, 9:09 am | Socialist Equality Group

The remote micro-states and island chains across the Pacific face a terrifying situation due to the global coronavirus pandemic. While geographically isolated, their impoverished, neo-colonial status, lack of health facilities and dependency on tourism make them ... More >>

New Zealand Government Predicts COVID-19 Recession, Gives Billions To Business

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 10:41 am | Socialist Equality Group

By Tom Peters, Socialist Equality Group On Tuesday, New Zealand finance minister Grant Robertson announced a $12.1 billion stimulus package, equal to 4 percent of gross domestic product, in response to the rapidly worsening global economic crisis ... More >>

How Profit-gouging And Government Deregulation Created New Zealand’s Home-building Catastrophe

Saturday, 14 March 2020, 1:21 pm | Socialist Equality Group

By John Braddock, Socialist Equality Group 12 March 2020, original url: Rottenomics: The Story of New Zealand’s Leaky Buildings Disaster by Peter Dyer (Bateman Books, 2019) New Zealand’s housing problems were recently described as ... More >>

New Zealand PM Ardern Boosts Relations On Fiji Visit

Monday, 9 March 2020, 9:12 am | Socialist Equality Group

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spent three days in Fiji from February 24–27, the first visit by a NZ leader since 2016, and only the second since the 2006 military coup that installed Frank Bainimarama, Fiji’s current prime minister. ... More >>

Late New Zealand PM Mike Moore Lauded As A “working-class Hero”

Friday, 6 March 2020, 9:21 am | Socialist Equality Group

By John Braddock, Socialist Equality Group Mike Moore, a leading figure in New Zealand’s 1984–90 Labour government, which initiated the “pro-market” assault on jobs, living standards and the social rights of the working class, died on February 2, ... More >>