Events mark 1953 opening of the Cuban Revolution

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Cuba’s ambassador to New Zealand, Edgardo Valdés speaks in Auckland July 25.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Cuba’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the solidarity its medical workers have extended to countries worldwide are part of “the fight to make a better world possible for everyone,” Cuba’s ambassador to New Zealand, Edgardo Valdés López,…

New Zealand factory workers fight to get back stolen pay

Vol. 84/No. 26 - July 6, 2020
June 20 protest at Temperzone factory. Owners kept government subsidy for workers’ wages, “paid” workers out of vacation, sick pay.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — “Management told us we had the option of using our paid leave or going without pay. That is, we could feed our families or not feed them. We could pay our bills or not. It was…

Women win right to choose abortion in New Zealand

Vol. 84/No. 14 - April 13, 2020
Holly Wakelin, left, and Lucy Mackenzie, right, two young women who helped lead recent actions for women’s right to abortion, hold banner at Auckland Feb. 18 march. After decades of mobilizations, New Zealand’s parliament adopted law legalizing abortion March 18.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — In a victory for the rights of women, a law decriminalizing abortion passed the New Zealand Parliament March 18. “It’s been a long time coming,” 84-year-old Margaret Sparrow, a doctor and lifelong leader of the fight…

New Zealand: Edwards’ death ‘should never have happened’

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — “This should never have happened,” Hilton Rohe, a retired meatpacking worker, told the Militant Feb. 20 in a phone interview. He was talking about the death of fellow union fighter Alfred Edwards, known as Baldy, who…

New Zealand protesters say ‘Abortion is not a crime’

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020
Feb. 18 march in support of abortion rights in Auckland, New Zealand.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — “I am a young person who doesn’t believe abortion should be in the Crimes Act,” high school student Lucy Mackenzie told the crowd as she kicked off a rally here Feb. 18 demanding a woman’s right…

Bus drivers in New Zealand fight for higher wages

Vol. 83/No. 47 - December 23, 2019

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — In the week beginning Dec. 2, around half of all bus trips in Auckland became free to the public. More than 900 drivers employed by two of the city’s bus companies — NZ Bus and Go…

Hundreds protest gov’t seizure of Maori children in New Zealand

Vol. 83/No. 34 - September 23, 2019
Some 400 people protest in Wellington, New Zealand, July 30 against state’s seizure of Maori children. They heard midwives explain why they had joined fight against seizure at hospital.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand —Demanding “Hands Off Our Tamariki [children],” upwards of 400 people rallied at Parliament here July 30 to condemn the seizure of Maori children from their mothers by the children’s ministry, Oranga Tamariki. Protests took place in a…

Thousands defend Maori land in New Zealand

Vol. 83/ No. 32 - September 2, 2019

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Some 100 cops turned up in Ihumatao early on July 23 to evict a handful of protesters occupying historic Maori land that Fletcher Building, one of New Zealand’s largest companies, was set to turn into a…

New Zealand workers who care for disabled strike for contract

Vol. 83/No. 26 - July 22, 2019

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — More than a dozen IDEA Services workers picketed the South Auckland regional office here June 23, part of a 24-hour nationwide strike against the division of IHC. IDEA (Intellectual Disability Empowerment in Action) Services contracts to…

50,000 New Zealand teachers shut the schools down, win higher pay

Vol. 83/No. 26 - July 22, 2019

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — After flexing their muscles in a national strike at the end of May, New Zealand teachers at government-run primary and secondary schools voted to approve a new three-year contract that included pay increases of 3 percent…