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Ruling class: 1, New Zealand: 0 — the Hobbit stays in NZ


According to, the Hobbit will be staying on NZ shores. Labour Laws will be rushed through parliament today so that an unjust, exploitative multinational can get its way. It's pretty clear who controls the Government in New Zealand: profit margins and offshore interests. We are essentially prostituting our labour laws to a multinational, all so the big wigs at the top can profit from the economic boom it creates. Not only will everyday, working New Zealanders see next to none of that money, but we have to pay for the film to be here from our own taxes. The economic spin off goes straight into the pockets of those at the top, while the workers on the film continue to work in unfair and unjust conditions.

Philippines National Democratic Front Leaders start NZ speaking tour next week



Luis Jalandoni is the International Representative of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF), a post that he has held since 1977, and since 1994 he has been the Chairperson of the NDF’s Negotiating Panel for peace talks with the Government of the Philippines. The NDF is the coalition of several underground groups, including the Communist Party of the Philippines and its New People’s Army, which has been waging a war of liberation throughout the Philippines for more than 40 years, making it one of the longest running armed struggles in the world.

The country desperately needs peace with justice and security, so resolving this people’s war is central to that. Luis will be accompanied by his wife Coni Ledesma, who will also be speaking. She is a member of the NDF Negotiating Panel for peace talks; and is the International Spokesperson of MAKIBAKA, a revolutionary women’s group which belongs to the NDF. Luis and Coni are both veteran leading figures in the Philippine revolutionary Left. He was a Catholic priest in the 1960s and she was a nun.  Both were founders of Christians for National Liberation, a member group of the NDF.

October 15th - three years later - DROP THE CHARGES


Today marks the third anniversary of the State's terroristic invasion into the homes of people around the country, of the lockdown of the community of Ruatoki and of the witch-hunt for anarchists who support tino rangatiratanga.This is a day that will never be forgotten. The black clad paramilitary police force instructed by their masters in the Beehive specifically carried out acts of terror against the people of Tuhoe. [ More ]

A book is launched in Wellington: The day the raids came: Stories of survival and resistance to the state terror raids. [ DETAILS ] A protest against the Search and Surveillance Bill and police repression will take place in Auckland. [ DETAILS ]

More: Goff's concerns about Raids cases are gutless point scoring | October 15th Solidarity

Fighting To Be Heard - The Search and Surveillance Bill


This Saturday, 9 October a national day of action will take place against the Search and Surveillance Bill, which is due back before parliament by the end of the month. A number of speakers have lined up to speak against the bill including Keith Locke of the Green Party, Kay Brewerton from the Wellington People's Centre and Dr Sandra Grey, Secretary of the Tertiary Education Union. They will be speaking at the Wellington protest starting in Cuba Mall at 12:00 noon. The action is being organised by the Campaign to Stop the Search and Surveillance Bill - long-time opponents of the proposed legislation, which would greatly expand state powers of search and surveillance.

'Since the Search and Surveillance Bill was first introduced in August 2009, the Justice and Electoral Select Committee has obfuscated the issues surrounding the bill and acted to prevent public input and debate on it', said campaign member Timothy Evetts.

Link:  Protest Photos

Socialist Aotearoa: Which way the wind blows...


Commentary- Joe Carolan, Socialist Aotearoa

Ten million workers on a general strike in Spain. Cop cars burning in Barcelona. The biggest workers action in Spain since the Revolution. And the anger is rising.

The European Parliament barricaded in Brussels, protected by baton wielding robocops from over 100,000 workers representing unions throughout the continent. Banners flying from Greece, Italy, England, Portugal, Scandanivia- one continent, one struggle. The Peoples of Europe are rising up.

Behind the spectacle of The Hobbit


One of the most popular products exported from New Zealand has been the atmospheric Lord of the Rings films. They invoke images of a far off land called Middle Earth complete with massive mountains, panoramic landscapes, and furry wee Hobbits fighting the evil Dark Lord. The next film based in the same fantasy world, The Hobbit, is to be shot in NZ next year.

NZ Actors Equity, the union for actors in NZ, has called upon international actors unions to black the film production. Blacking is a refusal by workers to work on a particular project, in this case a film. The International Federation of Actors have agreed, and so unions like the Canadian Actors Equity, US Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild, UK Actors Equity, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA, Australia) and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio have boycotted the film.

NZ Actors Equity has called for the boycott because the makers of the film The Hobbit are refusing to engage NZ performers on collectively union-negotiated agreements, thus meaning that NZ actors are being hired on worse pay and conditions than their overseas counterparts. They are seeking a collective agreement with the studio, and the studio has not agreed.

Fonterra protest highlights destructive dairy industry ahead of World Dairy Summit


Fonterra protest highlights destructive dairy industry ahead of World Dairy Summit

The Coalition Against The World Dairy Summit (CAWDS) believe that yesterday’s Greenpeace protest at the Fonterra head office in Auckland demonstrates the growing awareness of the dairy giant’s devastating practices, and are calling for more protests to come. 

Claire Dann, spokesperson for the Coalition says, “Fonterra are coming under fire for their part in the palm kernel industry and rainforest deforestation, and rightfully so. However the whole dairy industry is also responsible for animal rights abuses, increasing climate change, jeopardising human health and putting profit first before human and animal livelihoods. This is why when the industry leaders come together for the World Dairy Summit in November we need to continue protesting and let them know that this intensive dairy model has no place in our futures.”

Amongst the Rubble: a look at the Christchurch Earthquake from the Bottom Up



While the dust settles and Christchurch recovers from the 7.1 earthquake, people have begun to pick up the pieces and get on with their lives. But for many working class people this is not so easy. Those most affected by ‘natural disasters’ — whether by the tsunami in the Pacific, earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and now Christchurch, NZ — are those already on the margins of despair.

 As the impact of the quake became known we saw the authorities rush to ‘lock down’ the CBD, and after a short time brought in the military in a quasi ‘martial law’ scenario. With the aid of the corporate media and using the odd collapsed and damaged building as a backdrop, a sensational picture was painted of a city in ruins. Their reports were far from helpful — heavily recycling dramatic images while providing little concrete advice and information for those of us on the ground. It was hard to not to get the feeling that it was little more than a ratings seeking adventure at our expense.

Video Report of the 90 day Rally in Auckland


Please view below a video produced by the Auckland Indymedia Collective covering the recent 90 day workers rally in central Auckland.

For those interested in video journalism, want to learn and would like to get involved in further projects, get in touch with us


Book launch to commemorate State Terror Raids



'On 15 October 2010 we will commemorate the third anniversary of the State Terror Raids with the launch of a new book about that fateful day. The book is a collection of stories from people affected by the raids, and includes terrifying incidents of state violence and inspiring stories of resistance. The launch will be held at Thistle Hall on Cuba Street in Wellington at 6pm on the 15th of October. All supporters, friends, fellow travellers and freedom fighters are welcome!' says editor Valerie Morse

'Most New Zealanders will remember the lockdown of Ruatoki, the nation-wide raids, the "terror" hysteria followed by arrests and detention of people awaiting the decision of the Solicitor-General as to whether charges under the Terrorism Suppression Act would be authorised. What many people do not know is that the case is still on-going with 18 people awaiting trial, that the people of Ruatoki are still awaiting an apology from the police, and that resistance to the government's phony "war on terrorism" continues.'