While the pro-Soviet Socialist Unity Party tried to alter the power structures of this country through their Maori Economic Plan, they also worked on indoctrinating a new wave of Maori and Pacific Island radicals.
Every 4 to 5 years, the Soviet front World Federation of Democratic Youth organised (and still does) an international communist youth festival.
In 1978 Cuba had hosted the festival and in 1984, Moscow did the honours.
In 1989, Pyongyang, North Korea is the delegated host.
In February 1987, Wellington Socialist Unity Party member, Peter Hall-Jones attends an International prepatory Committee meeting, charged with organising the Pyongyang festival.
Back in NZ, Hall-Jones, an activist with the Wellington Unemployed Workers Union, helps to recruit some of the 20 plus delegates required.
His Party comrade, Harry Nowell iss charged with organising the finance and logistics.
Nowell moves into the HQ of the taxpayer funded ($135,000 pa) National Youth Council and uses their resources and networks to carry out his work.
The NYC has been infiltrated by several SUP linked organisations, including its youth wing (Young Workers Alliance) and the Hawkes Bay CTU Peace Committee. Other organisations involved include Labour Youth, Red Mole, Peace Movement Aotearoa, Outward Bound and the Girl Duides.
Invercargill recruiter is Apoua Fuatavai of the SUP controlled Southland Unemployed Rights Centre. Wellington recruiter is unionist Robert Winters (currently) running a bakery in Scotland). Christchurch recruiter is Peter Hall-Jones, now studying at Canterbury University and working with the Christchurch Unemployed Rights Collective.
Hall-Jones recruits a handful of Christchurch youth including Canterbury University Peace Group member, Maria McMillan.
Unfortunately, the delegates are to travel to Pyongyang via Beijing.
When Peoples liberation Army tanks crush unarmed students Tianmen Square, at least one delegate, McMillan, pulls out. This is allegedly because Daddy (senior Christchurch Press journalist Stuart McMillan), forbids her to go.
The opening ceremony is held in an 150,000 capacity stadium, with a cast of 70,000, including 20,000 schoolchildren who have been drilling continuously for 5 months (often until 2am).
The children hold coloured cards, changing them on cue to make giant pictures of doves, factories and the great leader Kim Il Sung.
Delegates are told that event has cost the North Korean peasants and workers $100 million.
The entire capital is mobilised for the event. Flag waving children are everywhere and the Festival is played continuously on TV. The North Koreans have even printed special money, to be withdrawn at the end of the festival “so as not to distort the economy“.
One Kiwi delegate is “confined to barracks” for 24 hours for venturing out without his special pass.
Delegates must attend forums such as “the anti Imperialist Tribunal“, “Peace and Disarmament” and “Education” and “Young Trade Unionist” meetings.
At the Pacific Caucus progress is made on “working towards a nuclear free and independent Pacific, educating pacific youth on environmental issues and getting solidarity for a more meaningful look at the past 150 years of colonialism in New Zealand”.
A Pacific wide organisation is formed to unite these three issues-South Pacific United Youth Association (SPUYA).
Several NZers join SPUYA including Hannah Swartz, Robert Winters (former NYC executive member), the late James Nihoniho (Maori Affairs Department and NYC), Gill Plimmer (NYC National Director) and Margaret Bartlett (NYC Pakeha Caucus Coordinator).
Their job is to organise SPUYA’s inaugural conference, to be held in 1990 at Waitangi, NZ.
The SPUYA committee meets with indigenous youth to “talk about common issues and focus on NZ 1990″
NZ delegates hold meetings with representatives of the Soviet Union, Gambia, Ghana and and North Korea.
Contacts are also made with people from the notoriously communist infiltrated University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.
On July 8th, there is a massive closing ceremony and the delegates prepare to leave.
Waitangi Day, 1990 is special. it is the 150th anniversary of the signing of NZ’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi.
The NZ police warn that several groups are planning to disrupt the February 6th celebrations.
Writing in the SUP’s “Tribune” of September 4 1989, Robert Winters lets the cat out of the bag;
“SPUYA’s conference will be held in Waitangi for four days prior to Waitangi day 1990. This has been planned to coincide with Waitangi Day, to enable Pacific youth to join in any action being planned for that day.”
Did North Korea’s little helpers get to riot on Wauitangi Day 1990?
No, SPUYA diappeared into thin air.
Could the fall of the Berlin Wall and “collapse of communism” of 1989/90 have had anything to do with their non appearance?