The Worker’s Party of NZ, is now probably this country’s largest Marxist-Leninist organisation.
Formerly known as the Anti-Capitalist Alliance, the Workers Party is a fairly open organisation surrounding core members of the Revolutionary Workers League.
The RWL/WP is an unusual amalganation of mainly Auckland based Maoists, from the “old” Workers Party, led by Daphna Whitmore and Mark Muller and Canterbury University based Trotskyists from “Revolution” led by Philip Ferguson.
From The Spark 17.6.04
On the day after the Anti-Capitalist Alliance’s anti-imperialist conference (People’s Resistance-2004), another gathering took place. Members of the ACA belonging to the Workers Party, the revolution group and some belonging to no group merged to form a new Marxist current, the Revolutionary Workers League.
The fusion gathering elected Daphna Whitmore…and Mark Muller…. Also elected were editorial boards for our publications; for revolution Philip Ferguson, Paul Hopkinson, and Daphna Whitmore; and for The Spark Daphna Whitmore, Philip Ferguson, Sam Kingi, Jared Phillips and Don Franks (a long-time Wellington working class activist who is not a member of the RWL, but works closely with us and the ACA).
The Maoist leaders, Whitmore, Muller and the younger Jared Philips have all had extensive contacts with third world Maoist organisations. They have supported and continue to support some of the world’s most brutal revolutionary movements from Peru to India, Nepal and the Philippines.
In 1990 she was spokesman for the Peruvian Liberation Support Group-which propagandised for Peru’s Maoist, “Sendero Luminoso” guerillas.
Whitmore co-founded the Workers Party around 1991, with her uncle Ray Nunes
In May 2001, Whitmore was elected to the International Coordinating Committee of the International League for Peoples Struggles in Zutphen, Holland. The ILPs was made up of 220 Maoist organisations and led by Jose Maria Sison, leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
In 2001 Muller attended the founding of the International League for Peoples Struggles as a representative of the Coalition for Democracy in Fiji.
In 2004, Will Shannon, Muller and Daphna Whitmore were part of international “fact finding” team to investigate allegations of state terror in Andhra Pradesh, India against the region’s Naxalites.
In 2006 Muller travelled to the Philippines with another “fact finding” mission, where apparently he had contact with the “underground expression of people’s power” This was probably the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army.
From The Spark
There is a underground revolutionary movement which has over 100 guerrilla zones. In those regions the government forces are weak and the revolutionaries have virtually liberated the zones. There is a revolutionary army called the New People’s Army. It is made up of workers and peasants. When I was in the Philippines I heard nothing bad about them only good comments, and so did everyone on the fact-finding mission. They came back from visiting different regions and all the feedback that they got about the NPA was that they were the true liberators.
According to Indymedia
New Zealanders, Mike Treen, Mark Muller and Jared Phillips have recently returned from Venezuela, Philippines and Nepal respectively. They were guests of three of the world’s most inspiring movements for national and regional self-determination. They will lead discussion on the nature of liberation and revolution from three viewpoints: from inside the Bolivarian movement led by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, to the legal and underground expressions of people’s power in the Philippines, and to the expanding liberated zones of Nepal.
At Labour weekend 2002, Phillips addressed the Anti-Capitalist Alliance educational and organisational weekend in Wellington on the Maoist insurrection in Nepal.
The following year he travelled to Nepal, in April, where he travelled through Maoist “liberated zones” and had a meeting with the Maoists leader Baburum Bhattarai
Phillips is now an organisor with UNITE in Auckland.