2. Recruitment and Demographics
New Zealand’s Marxist-Leninist parties enjoyed their greatest recruitment periods in the era of the mid 60s to the mid 80s. This “Baby Boom” generation was the first generation of New Zealanders to enter the universities in large numbers. They are now the people at senior levels in New Zealand’s political parties, trade unions, government departments, the media, churches, business, academia and community groups.
1. The Vietnam War-Late ’60’s to Mid ’70’s.
2. The proposed, but cancelled 1972 Springbok Tour of New Zealand.
3. Solidarity with China, a series of student tours to China beginning in 1971.
4. The opposition to French Nuclear Testing in the Pacific-Early ’70’s to mid ’90’s.
5. Maori Landrights and Treaty of Waitangi issues – mid 70’s to today.
6. The Springbok Tour of New Zealand-1981.
7. Solidarity with Nicaragua-Early to Late ’80’s.
8. New Zealand’s Anti Nuclear stand-Early to Late ’80’s.
9. The Homosexual Law Reform Campaign-1985.
10. The proposed, but cancelled 1985 Springbok Tour of New Zealand.
11. Solidarity with the Philippines Revolution- Early ’80’s to today.
12. Opposition to US Warships/military presence-Late ’60s to present.
All these campaigns were run and exploited by radicals to create a strong Anti-Western outlook among students and young people and served as a major recruiting base. At the heart of these movements were New Zealand’s main Marxist-Leninist Parties.