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New Zealand earthquake report whitewashes government’s role

By John Braddock, December 19, 2012

The collapse of the television (CTV) building during the Christchurch earthquake of February 2011 cost the lives of 115 people.

New Zealand Hobbit premiere used to drive “international competitiveness” agenda

By John Braddock, December 13, 2012

The media hype around The Hobbit has been used to justify further attacks on wages and working conditions.

Labour MP blames workers for New Zealand mine disaster

By Tom Peters, November 16, 2012

The government and opposition Labour Party, along with the unions, are desperately seeking to wash their hands of any responsibility for the tragedy.

Unemployment surges in New Zealand

By John Braddock, November 14, 2012

The official jobless rate rose from 6.8 to 7.3 percent in the September quarter, its highest level since 1999.

New Zealand mine disaster inquiry whitewashes government

By Tom Peters, November 10, 2012

The disaster was the outcome of the decades-long assault on the jobs, conditions and rights of workers aimed at boosting “international competitiveness.”

Drilling company fined negligible sum for safety breaches in New Zealand mine disaster

By Tom Peters, November 3, 2012

Family members of the Pike River miners reacted with anger to the $46,800 fine given to VLI Drilling for its role in the 2010 disaster, which killed 29 men.

SEP public meeting in New Zealand

The socialist alternative to unemployment, austerity and war

November 1, 2012

The alternative to austerity and war is the development of an independent political movement of the working class that fights for a workers’ government based on socialist policies.

New Zealand Maori business elite sues for water ownership

By Tom Peters, October 31, 2012

The Mana Party, trade unions and pseudo-left groups are supporting a push by Maori business interests to profit from the government’s asset sales.

Deepening social inequality and poverty in New Zealand

By John Braddock, October 25, 2012

Two recent reports detail the falling incomes of working people and rising levels of poverty, especially among children.

New Zealand government calls for war against Syria

By Tom Peters, October 18, 2012

New Zealand has lined up behind the US-led campaign to topple Assad and install a pro-Western regime.

New Zealand state coalminer axes hundreds of jobs

By John Braddock, October 6, 2012

The state-owned coal producer Solid Energy has announced it will axe a quarter of its workforce.

Job cuts confirmed at New Zealand rail

By John Braddock, September 27, 2012

State-owned KiwiRail faces partial privatisation and further cutbacks to jobs and services in the wake of poor financial results.