Christchurch Workers’ Forum

February 19, 2008

This month’s Christchurch Workers Forum is on the Electoral Finance Act and the 2008 elections. Come along and hear and discuss:
● why the EFA is not in the interests of workers and open political debate
● the similarities between the policies of National and Labour
● what we can do to build an alternative for workers

Speakers: Tim Bowron and John Edmundson

7pm, Monday, February 25,
WEA (Workers Educational Association)
59 Gloucester St

Marxism 2008: Call for Papers

February 14, 2008

Marxism 2008: May 30-June 1, Auckland City, New Zealand
(Schedule and venue to be announced)

From May 30 to June 1, the Workers Party of 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 as a political party to stand in the national general election on the party list. This is the first time in New Zealand history that a revolutionary socialist option will be on the ballot paper in every part of the country.

The Workers Party invites militant activists and intellectuals, particularly international guests, to participate in the conference and we hope that there will be talks by international guests. We encourage those who wish to deliver presentations to contact us before April 1 2008 for consideration.

Please contact Phil Ferguson by emailing

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Auckland Workers Party film screening and discussion forum

February 14, 2008

A Symphony of Errors

A film about the recent land struggle of Ngati Rohoto Hapu

Tuesday 19th February 6pm
upstairs @ Auckland Trades Hall, 147 Great Nth Road

This film documents the militant land occupation and struggle of the Ngati Rohoto Hapu against the development of a gated community on top of a historic urupa (burial site) on the shores of Lake Taupo. The land occupation became a class struggle within Tuwharetoa for democratic control of the land. Through this struggle, legislation that removed collective land ownership from the Hapu and passed it to select individual trustees was challenged, and the first demonstration through Taupo town was organised. Leaders of the occupation faced violent attacks by racists and large group arrests by police.

All welcome!

February issue of The Spark Out Now!

February 4, 2008

The far-off land of Nepal has been much in the news lately, through its connections to the late Sir Edmund Hillary. Overwhelmingly, New Zealand mainstream media depicted Nepalese people as passive recipients of Hillary’s humanitarian aid. It came as rather a surprise when it was reported that the Nepalese government had not flown the flag at half-mast. Departing from the script our news compilers had written for them.In fact, far from being a land of passive victims, modern day Nepal seethes with intense political struggle. Previous issues of The Spark have run several eye-witness accounts of Nepal’s Maoist-led mass uprisings. In this issue we examine the latest contradictions of this revolutionary movement. As you’ll see when you read the article, there are many difficult questions and no easy answers.

The Spark doesn’t shy away from grappling with difficult questions, because they’re an inescapable part of the international struggle for working people’s liberation. This issue of The Spark also takes up the local issue of the Electoral Finance Act, a piece of political chicanery neglected by most of the New Zealand left and fudged by our top trade union leaders.

If you want to get beyond soft soundbites to the real nitty-gritty, then The Spark is your paper.