Socialist Party of Aotearoa

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Socialist Party of Aotearoa
LeaderBrendan Tuohy
SecretaryWarren Brewer [1] [2]
Founder G. H. Andersen
Split from Socialist Unity Party of New Zealand [3]
Preceded by Socialist Unity Party, Communist Party of New Zealand
Headquarters Lyttelton, Canterbury [4]
NewspaperRed Flag
Ideology Communism
Marxism-Leninism [5] [6]
International affiliation International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties
House of Representatives
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The Socialist Party of Aotearoa was 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. (Bill) Andersen. [3] [9] The last known leader of the party was Brendan Tuohy. [1] [2]

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Gordon Harold "Bill" Andersen was a New Zealand communist and trade union leader. He was one of the participants in the 1951 Waterfront Lockout and the president of the Northern Drivers' Union and later the National Distribution Union.


The party published 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 Bill 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]

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