Communist Party of Aotearoa

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The Communist Party of Aotearoa was a Maoist political party that formed in 1993 as a split from the Communist Party of New Zealand, which had formerly been Maoist, but was then drifting towards Trotskyism. CPA was formed by erstwhile CPNZ members who wanted to continue to function as a communist party.[1] The CPA published Red Flag.[1] Robert Hanson was the general secretary of the party.[1]

Since the mid-1990s the CPA had been in merger negotiations with another Maoist split from the old CPNZ, the Organisation for Marxist Unity (OMU). No merger has yet taken place, however since 2002 the CPA appears to have suspended[2] production of its paper Red Flag in favour of the OMU journal Struggle.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Donald F. Busky (2002). Communism in History and Theory: Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-275-97733-7. Search this book on Logo.png

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