From May 30 to June 1, Workers Party (New Zealand) will be holding its 6th annual educational conference, Marxism 2008, in Auckland.
The conference will be particularly important this year because, for the first time, the Workers Party will be registering to stand in the national general election on the party list. This is the first time that a revolutionary Marxist organisation will be entering national elections throughout New Zealand…
The Workers Party must be confident of getting the 500 members required to register as a party for election puposes.
They claim to have signed up 109 new members at the recent “Big Day Out” concert in Auckland.
If this hasn’t already been achieved, no doubt the Party will be making a big effort to sign up new members at university Club Days.
The Communist Party and the Socialist Unity Party used to stand in general elections but only in a few seats.
The Greens might also have a legitimate claim to that the “first Marxist party” title.
It will be interesting to see how many candidates the Workers Party is able to muster.