New Zealand

Past to present: lessons of the New Zealand labour movement

Video of a workshop given by Jared Davidson at Occupy Christchurch on union struggles in New Zealand, and draws out lessons that could inform our future activity.

Against conspiracy theories: Why our activism must be based in reality

Against conspiracy theories: Why our activism must be based in reality

The text of a talk given at Occupy Wellington, New Zealand, on October 27 2011. The talk was organised to try to counter the prevalence of conspiracy theories amongst the local wing of the Occupy movement.

'Wobblies Down Under': Joe Hill, the New Zealand IWW and censorship during World War One

MP3 download of a radio documentary on Joe Hill and the IWW in New Zealand, produced for Radio New Zealand (October 2011).

Solidarity #17 - October 2011

Solidarity #17 - October 2011

The 17th issue of Solidarity, free newssheet of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement. Download the .pdf below (0.5MB), or visit the AWSM website to read the contents online.

New Zealand: Vineyard Workers Go Wildcat

New Zealand: Vineyard Workers Go Wildcat

On Friday 22 July some forty contracted pruners and wrappers went on strike against our contractor, Kiwi Bunkhouse, Ltd.

Diary of an anarchist hospo worker

Diary of an Anarchist Hospo Worker

An article by a member of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement looking at life in the hospitality industry.

Solidarity #16 - July 2011

Solidarity #16 - July 2011

The 16th issue of Solidarity, free newssheet of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement. Download the .pdf below (0.5MB), or visit the AWSM website to read the contents online.

Solidarity #15 - June 2011

Solidarity #15 - June 2011

The 15th issue of Solidarity, free newssheet of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement. Download the .pdf below (1.26MB), or visit the AWSM website to read the contents online.

New Zealand: Obscene Pay Rises For Bosses, Pay Cuts For Us

The anti-cuts budget day rally outside parliament in Wellington, May 19

The bosses of New Zealand’s biggest companies (including state-owned enterprises) received a massive average pay rise of 14% in the 2010 financial year. This has bumped up their already whopping salaries – some earn as much as $5 million per year – earned by profiting off our labour.

Remains to be seen: Tracing Joe Hill's ashes in New Zealand

Remains to be Seen traces the ashes of Joe Hill from their distribution in Chicago to wartime New Zealand. Drawing on previously unseen archival material, it examines the persecution of anarchists, socialists and Wobblies in New Zealand during the First World War. It also explores how intense censorship measures—put in place by the National Coalition Government of William Massey and zealously enforced by New Zealand’s Solicitor-General, Sir John Salmond—effectively silenced and suppressed the IWW in New Zealand.