In 2004 Residents Action Movement ran a slate of candidates in the Auckland local body elections.
They secured 87,000 votes city wide and elected one Regional Councillor, Robyn Hughes.
This year they are even more ambitious;
RAM is looking at getting 200,000 votes. This is a realistic target given our quality candidates and our cutting-edge “message” billboards which take up real issues concerning the majority of Greater Auckland’s residents.
RAM’s team of candidates include a range of ethnicities (Maori, Pasifika, Asian, Pakeha), a good gender balance (9 women, 12 men), and a wide age spread with one-third under 30.
This years RAM ticket enlist several young Labour leftists, an Auckland University Green Party leader, a couple of small business people, and a suitably “politically correct” ethnic, age and gender mix.
RAM’s core candidates are however almost all Marxists, mostly connected with , or SW’s parent body, the Communist Party of New Zealand.
Roger Fowler-Auckland Regional Council, Manukau Ward
Manager of a community learning centre, Queen’s Service Medal for three decades of community service, social justice activist, accomplished musician who has composed the “RAM Song”, lives in Mangere East.
Former Maoist radical and long time Communist Party member. Closely associated with Socialist Worker.
Robyn Hughes-Auckland Regional Council, Manukau Ward, Auckland District Health Board
Grant Morgan-Auckland Regional Council, Manukau Ward, Auckland District Health Board
RAM organisor. Socialist Worker Central Committee member. Former General Secretary, Communist Party of New Zealand.
Peter Hughes-Auckland Regional Council, Waitakere Ward, Waitemata District health Board
Socialist Worker Central Committee member. Former Auckland District Chairman, Communist Party of New Zealand.
Bronwen Beechey-Auckland Regional Council, Auckland City Ward, Auckland District Health Board
Until her recent return to New Zealand, Beechey was a long time member of Australia’s largest Marxist-Leninist organisation, the Democratic Socialist Party. The DSP is closely allied to Socialist Worker.
Heather Carolan-Lyall-Auckland Regional Council, Auckland City Ward, Auckland District Health Board
Socialist Worker member. Wife of Socialist Worker Central Committee member, Joe Carolan.
Rachel Asher-Auckland City Council, Tamaki-Maungakiekie Ward, Auckland District Health Board
Former member of Victoria University Bolshevik Club. Close associate of Socialist Worker.
Geraldene Peters-Auckland City Council, Western Bays Ward
A founder of the Marxist leaning Global Peace and Justice Auckland and the anarchist leaning Indymedia. A long time leftist activist who has spent a month in Cuba. Works in AUT Communications Studies Department with Dr Martin Hirst.
Daphne Lawless-Auckland City Council, Eden-Albert Ward
Len Parker-Auckland District Health Board
Socialist Worker Central Committee member. Former member, Communist Party of New Zealand.
Sam Quayle-Avondale Community Board
Socialist and close associate of Socialist Worker.
RAM (Reds and Marxists) is a SCAM (Socialists, Communists, Anarchists, Marxists).
I guarantee that not 5% of their 87,000 voters in 2004 had any idea they were voting for Marxists.
All openly Marxist candidates in recent Auckland elections have counted their votes in the low hundreds.
Hopefully RAM’s cover is well and truly blown and this election delivers them the miniscule vote they deserve.