Eighteen months after the left-wing Alliance Party in Aotearoa/New
Zealand suffered a damaging split and the loss of all its remaining MPs
in a snap general election, there are signs that the party is (somewhat
belatedly) trying to reconnect with its working class support.
It seems such a short time ago that Helen Clark and her colleagues in
the New Zealand Labour Government were being widely praised for their
bold stand against the US-led invasion of Iraq. Only last month, New
Zealand’s ambassador to the UN was condemning the rush to abandon
diplomacy in favour of military action...
On Saturday, 12 April, at noon, a peace vigil was held in the centre of
Dunedin, beginning a day of action in solidarity with similar anti-war
protests and demonstrations in other parts of New Zealand and right
around the world.