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The New Zealand Free Speech Union is a registered trade union with a mission to fight for, protect, and expand New Zealanders’ rights for freedom of speech, of conscience, and of intellectual inquiry. We envision a flourishing New Zealand civil society that values and protects vigorous debate, dissenting ideas, and freedom of speech as cultural cornerstones. 

As a trade union, we will promote members’ collective employment interests with a particular focus on the protection of their freedom of speech from employer interference. If you feel that your job could be placed in jeopardy because of thoughts or opinions you express in your private life, or if you simply want the reassurance of having the support of a community dedicated to defending free speech, then become a member today. 

Free speech is the bedrock on which all our other freedoms rest, yet it is currently in greater peril than at any time since the Second World War.

What is an Inclusion Manager anyway?

Dane Giraud and fellow Free Speech Union steering group member Ani O'Brien continue a discussion on the fallout from the cancelation of a Free Speech Union talk at AUT.

Dane Giraud, Ani O'Brien

03 May 2022

Leftist activist Don Franks on Free Speech

Don talks to Free Speech Union spokesperson Dane Giraud about the centrality of Free Speech to the union movement of yesteryear, Marx on 'Free Speech" and why speech restrictions are never called for from those on the lowest rung.

Dane Giraud, Don Franks

19 Apr 2022

Life Out Loud #7

This week on our Life Out Loud summary of a week in Free Speech in New Zealand, Free Speech Union spokespersons Jonathan Ayling and Ani O'Brien touch on two recent hit-jobs mounted against the Free Speech Union.

Jonathan Ayling, Ani O'Brien

09 Apr 2022

Simon O'Connor on protest, free speech, and propaganda

Jonathan Ayling speaks to friend of the Free Speech Union - National MP for Tamaki - Simon O'Connor.

Jonathan Ayling

06 Apr 2022

Peter Rowley on working with the great Billy T James

Dane Giraud speaks to comic actor and writer Peter Rowley about working with a man who is still universally considered New Zealand's best comedian - the late Billy T James.

Dane Giraud

04 Apr 2022

Dr Melissa Derby on Martin Luther King Jr

Free Speech Union spokesperson Dane Giraud discusses the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr with Dr. Melissa Derby, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Waikato.

Dane Giraud

17 Mar 2022

MP Simeon Brown on his Controversial Voting Record

Jonathan Ayling sits down with National MP for Pakuranga Simeon Brown to discuss Simeon's voting record on a range of controversial Bills (Safe Areas Bill/ Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill).

Jonathan Ayling

14 Mar 2022

Former MP Matt King on Parliament Protest

Former National MP Matt King dropped into the Free Speech Union studios between visits to the Parliament Protest for a far-ranging chat with spokesperson Ani O'Brien.

Ani O'Brien

15 Feb 2022

Voice For Life's Kate Cormack on Safe Areas Bill and Protest

Kate discusses the impact of the proposed 'Safe Areas' Bill on her group's activism, the fraught process of making submissions, and why the Pro-Life movement could be the canary in the coalmine for the suppression of more protest movements.

Ani O'Brien

08 Feb 2022

Public Service Advisor censored for using the term 'male-bodied'

Free Speech Union spokesperson Jonathan Ayling speaks to an advisor (who will remain nameless) who fell foul of management after attending a presentation by LGBTQIA+ activist group InsideOUT.

Jonathan Ayling

27 Jan 2022
The New Zealand Free Speech Union is a registered trade union with a mission to fight for, protect, and expand New Zealanders’ rights for freedom of speech, of conscience, and of intellectual inquiry.