Academic journal article Labour History - A Journal of Labour and Social History

Auckland Labour History Group

Academic journal article Labour History - A Journal of Labour and Social History

Auckland Labour History Group

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Following on from their successful Trans-Tasman Labour History Conference in 2007, the Auckland committee constituted a formal Auckland Labour History Group (ALHG) in April 2008. Members of the Wellington-based Trade Union History Project (TUHP) living in Auckland have also joined the new group. At present, membership stands at 20. Ray Markey is interim chair, and Gay Simpkin interim secretary of the group.

Discussions about the group have taken place in the context of a wish to form a branch of an overarching New Zealand labour history group. The ALHG has maintained contact with its Wellington brethren in formulating a structure which would see the ALHG become a branch of a national body, alongside the TUHP and other groups being mooted in Christchurch and Blackball (foundation site of the New Zealand Labour Party). Some 'sorting-out' of the exact structure remains to be done.

There is also a hope that eventually an Oceanic labour history association, encompassing Australia and the Pacific might be formed. At present, the group has formed on an interim basis until a national body is formed.

The first activity by the ALHG was to organise a celebratory tribute to Hone Tuwhare. This took place in Forde's bar (a local sympathiser of the Left) on Sunday 6 July, with about 40 in attendance. …

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