Socialist Party of Aotearoa

Socialist Party of Aotearoa
Leader Brendan Tuohy
Secretary Warren Brewer [1][2]
Founder G. H. Andersen
Founded 1990
Split from Socialist Unity Party of New Zealand[3]
Preceded by Socialist Unity Party, Communist Party of New Zealand
Headquarters Lyttelton, Canterbury[4]
Newspaper Red Flag
Ideology Communism, Marxism-Leninism[5][6]
International affiliation International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties
Colours Red
House of Representatives
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The Socialist Party of Aotearoa is a minor political party in New Zealand. It was formed in 1990[1][8] through a split in the Socialist Unity Party, led by G. H. Andersen.[3][9] The current leader of the party is Brendan Tuohy.[1][2]

The party publishes a monthly newspaper called Red Flag.[10][11] It operates the Workers' Institute of Scientific Socialist Education (WISSE).[12][13]

The party is best known through the influence of its late founder Andersen, a well-known trade unionist who served as president of the Auckland Trades Council, national secretary of the Socialist Unity Party, and president of the National Distribution Union.[9][14]

It did not stand any candidates at the 2014 election.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Socialist Party of Aotearoa website. Socialist Party of Aotearoa. Retrieved 12 July 2013, from
  2. 1 2 Socialist Party of Aotearoa. (20 July 2005). Greetings from the Socialist Party of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Communist Party USA. Retrieved from
  3. 1 2 Pacey, quoted in Locke, C. (2012, p. 239). Workers in the Margins: Union Radicals in Post-war New Zealand. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books.
  4. Socialist Party of Aotearoa. Membership form. Retrieved 12 July 2013, from .
  5. Marxist-Leninist Collective. (March 1997). These Marxist Principles Cannot be Destroyed People's Voice. Retrieved from .
  6. Socialist Party of Aotearoa. About. Retrieved on 12 July 2013, from .
  7. Paulin, J. (2008). Representation process: A desktop review. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs. Retrieved from
  8. Andersen, G. H. (1990). The 1990 general elections and beyond. Auckland: Socialist Party of Aotearoa.
  9. 1 2 Pickmere, A. (22 January 2005). Obituary: Bill Andersen. The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved from .
  10. Calder, P. (15 December 2001). The red flag keeps flying. The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved from .
  11. Red Flag. (October 2002). Subscribe to Red Flag. Red Flag., p. 12.
  12. Loudon, T. (2 May 2009). Cuba’s Kiwi Fifth Column. New Zeal. Retrieved from .
  13. WISSE. WISSE website. Retrieved on 12 July 2013, from .
  14. Verran, D. (2005). Gordon Harold (Bill) Andersen. Retrieved from

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