How Socialist Extremists Took Over the New Zealand Labour Party Part 5

The Socialist Unity Party

Formed in 1966, the pro Soviet, Socialist Unity Party was from its inception NZ’s most influential Marxist-Leninist party. The Party progressively came to dominate the union movement which it aggressively milked for money and resources. This combined with significant financial support channelled through the Soviet embassy and NZ/USSR Friendship society, gave the Party substantial resources to promote its agenda.


Many SUP members came from the old Communist Party of New Zealand and many later came as converts from the Maoist movement.

Most members however came directly to the Socialist Unity Party via trade unionism.

The SUP tried to project a comparatively moderate image to the public and in so doing earned the scorn of many smaller, less sophisticated Marxist groups.

In its heyday in the late ’80s, the SUP controlled the approximately 400,000 strong Council of Trade Unions (a significant force in a country of then just over 3,000,000 people). SUP General Secretary Ken Douglas was President of the CTU and it’s executive and major affiliated unions were all dominated by SUP members or sympathisers.

Through the union movement and the SUP’s auxiliary organisations such as the New Zealand Council for World Peace, the Party influenced public opinion and government policies in many areas.

It also infiltrated members and sympathisers into many areas of public life, including the media, government departments, state funded bodies and other political parties, especially Labour.

In 1990 long time SUP leader Bill Andersen resigned from the party in a difference over tactics to form a more traditional Marxist-Leninist party, the Socialist Party of Aoteroa . SPA took over the formerly SUP controlled National Distribution Union where it maintains considerable influence to this day.

While the SUP dissolved in the late ’90s/early ’00s, SPA continues on as NZ’s “mainstream” communist party.

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9 thoughts on “How Socialist Extremists Took Over the New Zealand Labour Party Part 5

  1. Strange Trev how your little “article” should use the word “Labour” only twice…..yeah, only twice.

    Tends to call into serious question your very thesis there Trev.

    Am I being unfair when I say that this might just be another case of – “I think, therefore it is…..” – ?

  2. That your foundation tenet says you’re “chosen” doesn’t relieve you of the obligation to back up your hatred and abuse of most of the world with fact, with real substance.

    Garlands of roses in the streets of Baghdad indeed !

  3. “That your foundation tenet says you’re “chosen” doesn’t relieve you of the obligation to back up your hatred and abuse of most of the world with fact, with real substance.”

    Once again, you broke your own “code”-“I think, therefore it is…..”

  4. So you haven’t been nutting on for the past however long about being “chosen” Mah ?

    “Chosen” Chmosen ! You may delude yourself all you please but don’t expect the rest of the world to buy that self-indulgent egocentric fantasy…..

  5. “Chosen by whom Mah? Who is your god!!! Not mine for sure.”

    “”Chosen” Chmosen ! You may delude yourself all you please but don’t expect the rest of the world to buy that self-indulgent egocentric fantasy….. “

    Leftists are hyprocrites when they promote “codes” like this:”I think, therefore it is…..”

    They end up breaking them more often than anyone on the Right.

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