Marching Against the TPPA

TPPA, No Way! We’re going to fight it all the way! Chants like this were booming nationwide against the government’s commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – a secret agreement between 12 countries that will be so “beneficial” that the government has not disclosed a single iota of what will negotiated.

Today organizations and groups like the Greens, Mana Party, Greenpeace, members of the Labour Party, Oxfam and more, including us in the International Socialists, came out to protest against the government’s trade deals.

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No Pride in National


Last Sunday, the Auckland Pride Festival kicked off with the LYC Big Gay Out, a pride event attracting 15,000 people, as well as some politicians. While Gay Pride events have a history stretching back to the Stonewall Riots of 1969, and have been powerful protest actions fighting against homophobia, in recent years such events have become less radical and more encompassed in the mainstream. Although this is partly because of victories in the Gay Liberation movement – especially with the passing of equal marriage laws – the take-over of Gay Pride by the likes of John Key and the U.S. Embassy (That’s right, the event is partly sponsored by the US Embassy) is a cause for concern. [Read more...]

Wellington in Solidarity with Egyptian Revolutionaries


January 25th marks three years since Egypt’s revolutionary uprisings ended the rule of Mubarak. Today on four continents protests are happening in solidarity with Egypt’s revolutionaries. [Read more...]

“Stop the War on the Poor!” Crashing National’s Party

AAAPPicketA quarter of children in New Zealand live in poverty, and 10% are in extreme poverty, according to a new study. What will Christmas be like for them? What will the financial stress mean for families and whanau? This is a world away from National Party members’ and supporters’ lifestyles. Last weekend they held a Christmas bash at the Auckland Grammar Old Boys’ Pavilion. The name says it all – Auckland Action Against Poverty called a picket of this gathering of the rich, and the ISO was proud to support the demonstration. Raukawa Whenu Knight reports from the picket


After having spent three days on Waipapa Marae at the ISO hui a tau, trying to decide whether or not that the ISO was that “thing” I had been looking for, a contingent of members headed down to Auckland Boys’ Grammar to adhere to the cry from the AAAP “come join the picket line”.

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Respect our Community! Stop the Motorway!

Last weekend we in the Tamaki branch of the ISO went to support the handing over of a petition containing 4000 signatories at the Mangere Festival.


The Respect our Community! Stop the Motorway! campaign is headed by veteran activist and MANA member Roger Fowler. Local Labour MP Su’a Williams Sio spoke in support of stopping a massive transport motorway from destroying many people’s houses, schools, kohanga reo, ECE, churches and other community centres.

This motorway is being fast tracked so construction can start before elections and not many people know about it. It is a disgraceful situation. We will know by February which of the preferred option of 4 routes for the construction will be used. Three of the proposed routes will cut through a highly working-class, low cost housing area; driving people even further South and destroying communities.

On Anniversary Weekend there will be a protest/rally in Mangere.
Stop John Key! Stop the Motorway!

All power to Mangere and Otahuhu residents!

Rowan McArthur

Marching against Rape Culture



International Socialist Organisation members joined over one thousand others in rallies across the country last weekend, protesting against rape and sexual violence. Members in Tamaki Makaurau report a lively and energetic, mostly young, crowd at that city’s demonstration. Many in the crowd were receptive to left-wing ideas and arguments: we distributed many hundreds of leaflets outlining our analysis of why misogyny is so rampant in this society, and sold around 85 copies of Socialist Review nationally.

Shomi Yoon reports from Poneke: “Whatever we wear, wherever we go, Yes means yes, and no means no”.

This was the chant that boomed through the Wellington streets. Some 1000 protestors gathered against a culture that normalizes rape behaviour. The protest stopped outside the Wellington Central Police Station to express disgust at the way police have handled the “Roast busters” issue. Organiser Anne Russell said, that despite what the Police have to say about protecting society “It is clear to everyone here that the Police have no interest in ending rape culture or protecting rape victims”. She also pointed out the hypocrisy of Police stating that they the only reason they failed to shut down the “Roastbusters” group due to lack of evidence:

“Some of the people here are members of the Uruwera 19, the police felt they could arrest people on evidence as flimsy as a text message which joked about catapulting a bus on to George Bush, this [Police inaction] is not about a lack of evidence. It is because they don’t care about rape.”

Other speeches also emphasised the fact that despite the outpouring of public anger at the actions of the “Roastbusters”; rape and the suffering that comes with it is an unexceptional occurrence in the society we live and, that the states lack of concern about slashing funding for rape crisis and other related public services illustrates “rape culture in action”.

ISO Poneke collected $250 for organizers to distribute to Rape Crisis and education group SAPPAN (joint project between Rape Crisis, Help, and STOP).

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Auckland Action Against Poverty Welfare Impact

560983_501014533245828_1675135460_nToday I am going to give a brief overview of the recent Auckland Action Against Poverty Welfare Impact that I attended, what drives me to work in this area, and my plans to build a sustainable welfare advocacy service in Otepoti.

Firstly, my interest in welfare stems from my upbringing, living in a household sustained by the Domestic Purposes Benefit, and my personal experience being a sole parent receiving what was called the DPB before the National Government abolished it, and classed all parents as ‘jobseekers.’

A small disclaimer: I am not a “jobseeker” and no sole parent in Aotearoa is a jobseeker.  Parents have a job already, the most important job there is, to care for our babies and build healthy, happy, and capable, children.

Recent attacks on welfare effectively undermine parenting as a valid, fundamentally important function in Aotearoa. They try to set paid workers against unpaid workers, to ensure people in the paid working class attack unpaid workers instead of the real target, the ruling class. [Read more...]

Syria: No to Assad, No to US Imperialism

Syria-Civil-WarThe Syrian civil war has come about as a response to the rule of Bashar al-Assad who succeeded his father in the year 2000, coming into presidency with strong support of the people and with aspirations of democracy and secularism. However, as his presidency unfolded, not much changed for the Syrian people. The economy was still strongly controlled by the authorities and any signs of uprising or Arab Spring type movements were not met “democratically”.

This crackdown began by heavy monitoring of the internet, which led to nationwide detainment, torturing and killing of political dissidents. The official civil war didn’t begin until early 2011. Many people, inspired by the Arab Spring, felt it was time to protest for reform and demanded Assad resign. The regime was met with the biggest protests in decades – their response was to mow these unarmed protesters down right across the country. [Read more...]

Auckland University Students Rally Against Fee Increases

IMG_0671On the afternoon of Monday the 21st of October a rally of around 50 to 100 people was held in front of the steps of the Old Choral Hall at the University of Auckland, protesting fee increases and the increasing commodification of education. The rally was in protest of the yearly fee increases and the increasing commodification of education. We supported this rally and had our Auckland University student members attend.

The rally kicked off with an open forum, where anyone could come up and speak. Among the speakers were two lecturers; two representatives from AUSA, the Auckland University student union; and speakers from the ISO.

IMG_0645The rally then marched to a lecture theatre where a live stream of the fee meeting was being streamed, but as soon as we went in the steam stopped and we were told to leave. We then marched to the Symonds St–Alfred St intersection where we stopped to occupy the area. Prior to the rally an effigy of Steven Joyce, National’s Minister for Tertiary Education, was created. He was burnt as a symbol of students’ disgust.

The occupation of the intersection lasted until 17:30, and then the remaining protesters broke up to continue discussions.

Charles Gu

More pictures below:

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Protesting the GCSB

20130727_150350Thousands of people in 11 different centres turned out to protest the extension of the power of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). That the protests drew such good numbers even though the demonstrations were called at short notice and were, in many centres, virtually unadvertised, is a sign of the depth of opposition. [Read more...]


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