I have a memo in my possession that shows just how openly the in the ’40s.
It is a “Weekly Bulletin to all branches” from the Auckland District Secretariat of the Communist Party, dated 16th August 1943.
The memo deals with Communist Party activity around the 1943 general Election. The report touches on Communist support for Labour and Communist activity within Labour Party branches.
ONEHUNGAis holding cottage metings in the area. Is holding a public meeting next Friday in the “Orphans” Hall on “Why the Communists support the Labour Party”. Have offered 14 helpers to the Election Committee.
OTAHUHU AND PAPATOETOE each have one member on the Election Committee.
DEVONPORT has members functioning on a joint committee.
MT ALBERT AND EDEN-ROSKILLhave members on the Election Committee.
PONSONBY as four members on the Election Committee and are organising a public meeting.
NEWMARKET has given the Election Committee a list of helpers, some of whom are attending committee meetings.
PT.CHEVALIER are holding cottage meetings and are assisting at the Election rooms.
WHAT WE WANT TO KNOW IS….WHAT ARE OUR OTHER BRANCHES DOING?
This kind of activity was occurring all over New Zealand. It shows how a small secretive party may manipulate a larger open party, yet remain unknown to the voting public.