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Economic apartheid: The ongoing ethnic cleansing of central Auckland

Daphne Lawless is a writer, musician, political activist, football player, e-cyclist and mother living in Tāmaki Makarau / Auckland. She is the content editor for this issue of Fightback. This article will be published in Fightback’s magazine on Urban Revolution and the Right to the City. To subscribe, click here. In any country with a past […]

Is zero-fares public transport the answer? A debate

This article will be published in Fightback’s upcoming magazine on Urban Revolution and the Right to the City. To subscribe to the magazine, click here. YES (zero-fare public transport is the answer): Roger Fowler  is a community activist and organiser at the Mangere East Community Centre, South Auckland, and editor of farefreenz.blogspot.co.nz. He is also co-ordinator […]

The Workplace

Migrants are welcome – Leftist xenophobia is not

By Daphne Lawless When I was a young Alliance activist in Wellington in the 1990s, I knew Frank Macskasy well as a staunch colleague in the fight against the neoliberal assault on workers. It’s very sad to see him now promoting the xenophobic agenda of Martyn Bradbury’s The Daily Blog, known as the “Breitbart of […]

Exclusive: Redundancies at Mystery Morrison’s latest company

Fightback previously reported on redundancies at council-funded Wellington company CallActive, managed by John Morrison. This week, Morrison’s new company Plus64 Connect is reportedly undergoing a new series of redundancies. This mass shedding of staff particularly relates to TrustPower contracts. Plus64Connect hasn’t folded, however with limited contracts this is still a risk. TrustPower is a NZ-owned […]

Mystery Morrison: The face of capitalist ‘local ownership’

By Ian Anderson (Fightback Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington) Meet John Morrison, also known as ‘Mystery Morrison.’ With his moustache, strong eyebrows, and sports background, Morrison has the bona fides of a Pākehā, Kiwi bloke. He’s the sort of guy you could have a beer with, assuming you’re also the sort of person he would have a beer with […]

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International

George Soros, ‘Globalism,’ and Grassroots Revolt: How the Right Uses Conspiracy Theories to Appear Revolutionary

(reposted from It’s Going Down. This article is from an anarchist viewpoint and thus Fightback does not necessarily agree with all its conclusions. However, it effectively demolishes many of the most important conspiracy theories on which modern fascism and Right-wing populism depend, and show why the Left must fight such ideas even when they claim […]

Trump, Brexit, Syria… and conservative leftism

By DAPHNE LAWLESS In the 10 months since I introduced the concept of “Conservative Leftism” to the NZ Left, only one argument has been raised against it that seemed to take the idea seriously and be worthy of taking seriously in return. This argument – which has been raised by more than one sincere socialist, […]

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Environment

Eco-villages, transition towns and gardens cities

Tāne Feary is an eco-activist who lives on Waiheke Island, Tāmaki Makarau / Auckland. This article will be published in Fightback’s upcoming magazine issue on Urban Revolution and the Right to the City. To subscribe to Fightback’s magazine, click here. This article introduces the Transition Towns movement and looks at eco-villages, exploring some possibilities for the […]

Change Everything: “We can no longer act like each of our struggles are single causes” (video + text)

Text of a speech originally delivered by Kassie Hartendorp at Oil Free Wellington‘s Change Everything flotilla & rally, December 13th 2015. Tēnā koutou, talofa lava, malo e leilei, kia orana, bula vinaka, aloha! Tēnā koutou ki te whenua, ki te moana, ki te hunga mate, ki te tipuna. Ko Ngāti Raukawa te iwi, nō Te […]

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Oppression & Liberation

We need to stand for Niki, because she is standing up for you

Vanessa Cole is a member of the Tāmaki Housing Action Group. This article will be published in Fightback’s magazine on Urban Revolution and the Right to City. To subscribe, click here. Elderly tenant Ioela ‘Niki’ Rauti has made headlines for refusing to be moved from her house on Taniwha Street, Glen Innes. While she has received […]

Pasefika Issue: The Unbearable Lightness

Poem by Faith Wilson. Also published in Fightback’s special Pasefika magazine issue. My mum will always lose your mama jokes cos they’re true. Your mama’s so poor she mixed tomato sauce with water and pretended it was soup. Your mama’s family so broke they break into neighbours houses but they don’t steal TVs and radios […]

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Culture

Prince and Politics in Reagan’s America

Originally published by redwedgemagazine. Jordy Cummings is a critic, labor activist and PhD candidate at York University in Toronto. In the face of profound social, political and economic tragedy, it has often been the case that popular musicians, out of a sense of solidarity, put out a song to capture the moment and inspire the movement. It […]

Film Review: This Changes Everything

Submitted to Fightback by Maria Ramos. Although the seriousness of global warming and climate change has been made clear through the work of scientists and environmental advocates, it’s sometimes difficult to present this message in a way that resonates with the general public. As long as modern practices of pollution and resource extraction continue unchecked, […]

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Society

No Hashtag – Why campaigning needs to look more like a movement than marketing.

Article by Ben Peterson, originally published on his personal blog leftwin. If you speak to some activists, they’ll tell you that it’s a time of change. From the union office to the rally in the street, a new way of doing things is on the rise. The hard times for the left are coming to […]

Moves to gut public and Maori broadcasting

Ian Anderson (Fightback/MANA Poneke). Paora Maxwell’s tenure as Maori TV CEO has been controversial. In August 2013, staff at Maori TV circulated a petition against Maxwell’s appointment by the Nats. More recently, Maxwell announced a restructuring process, and high-profile figures including Carol Hirschfeld left Maori TV. Now, plans to outsource TVNZ’s Maori and Pacific programming […]

Mass surveillance and sexual violence: The difference between Snowden and Assange

Last night’s ‘Moment of Truth’ event in Auckland, called together by Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom, revealed the extent of mass surveillance in Aotearoa/NZ. Our government, in complicity with a transnational regime headed by the US, collects extensive personal data through information technology. As seen in the 2007 Urewera Raids, governments will use this information […]

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