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Pasefika Issue: Untitled

This article is also published as a part of Fightback’s special Pasefika magazine issue. When the first European ships travelled through the Pacific, their sails cut into the clouds of the skies. Papalagi, ‘cloud breaker’. In the lands of Samoa, our people prayed to these sailing gods, that they may not enter our shores. We […]

An uncomfortable conversation: Greens still wrong about immigration

Article by Ben Peterson, originally published on The Greens new interpretation of their immigration policy has generated a lot of discussion on the left, both on this blog and elsewhere. James Shaw’s comments committing the Greens to halve immigration numbers have been controversial. In response, immigration spokesperson Denise Roche has offered a defense of […]

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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 […]

John Morrison (left) at the opening of CallActive.

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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ANZ workers strike

ANZ workers across Aotearoa/NZ (members of FIRST Union) went on strike today, for secure hours and better wages. ANZ indebts customers and undermines staff, while CEO David Hisco makes over $2000/hr. With more attacks on unions, workers and beneficiaries on the way, collective action like this is exactly what we need. Kia kaha! See also Employment relations bill […]

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Donald Trump and the ‘Populist International’

Article by Annie Applebaum, reprinted from the Washington Post (where it was printed under the title ‘Trump is a threat to the West as we know it, even if he loses‘). This was written before Donald Trump’s shock election as US President, and the Washington Post is far from a typical source for a socialist […]


Syria Solidarity: National day of action 29th October

Civilians in Aleppo and across Syria are being intensively bombed by Russia with bunker bombs, phosphorous bombs, napalm, thermobaric and cluster bombs; and by the Syrian regime with chlorine containing barrel bombs; targetting homes, schools, hospitals, rescue teams, and underground shelters . Like many Syrian cities, Aleppo has been under a starvation siege. The regime […]

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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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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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Pasefika Issue: In/Visible

This article is also published as part of Fightback’s special Pasefika Fightback magazine issue. Article by Luisa Tora, I’ve been asked to discuss why the visibility of the Pacific lesbian community is important to me, and why I think this community is invisible. I’ve also been invited to speak about an exhibition that I am co-curating […]

Pasefika Issue: Half Cast Away

This article is also published in Fightback’s special Pasefika magazine issue. When I think back to my childhood, I am a Mowgli-like child sitting crossed legged in my Uncle’s living room. Second hand furniture surrounds me; a clutter of memories piled high in every corner of every room. My cousin’s 21st keys, family photos extending […]

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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 […]

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Book Review: The FIRE Economy (Jane Kelsey)

By Ian Anderson, Fightback (Aotearoa / New Zealand). Professor Jane Kelsey has made headlines in recent months combating the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), a secretive trade agreement that seeks to constitutionally embed neoliberalism. Her latest book, The FIRE Economy: New Zealand’s Reckoning, is a welcome explanation of the political-economic history that has led us […]

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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 […]

Te Hoki New Zealand in Afghanistan, broadcast on Maori TV. Image: Scoop, Lionel  de Coninck.

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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