Robert Winters

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Template:TOCnestleft Robert Winters is a New Zealand activist. He was involved with the Socialist Unity Party in Wellington.

CTU

Robert Winters was CTU Youth Co-ordinator

Youth Festival

In February 1987, Wellington Socialist Unity Party member, Peter Hall-Jones attends an International prepatory Committee meeting, charged with organising the 1989 Pyongyang WFDY youth festival.

Back in NZ, Hall-Jones, an activist with the Wellington Unemployed Workers Union, helps to recruit some of the 20 plus delegates required.

His Party comrade, Harry Nowell is charged with organising the finance and logistics.

Nowell moves into the HQ of the taxpayer funded ($135,000 pa) National Youth Council and uses their resources and networks to carry out his work.

The NYC has been infiltrated by several SUP linked organisations, including its youth wing (Young Workers Alliance) and the Hawkes Bay CTU Peace Committee. Other organisations involved include Labour Youth, Red Mole, Peace Movement Aotearoa, Outward Bound and the Girl Guides.

Invercargill recruiter is Apoua Fuatavai of the SUP controlled Southland Unemployed Rights Centre. Wellington recruiter is unionist Robert Winters (currently) running a bakery in Scotland). Christchurch recruiter is Peter Hall-Jones, now studying at Canterbury University and working with the Christchurch Unemployed Rights Collective.

SPUYA

Delegates must attend forums such as “the anti Imperialist Tribunal“, “Peace and Disarmament” and “Education” and “Young Trade Unionist” meetings.

At the Pacific Caucus progress is made on “working towards a nuclear free and independent Pacific, educating pacific youth on environmental issues and getting solidarity for a more meaningful look at the past 150 years of colonialism in New Zealand”.

A Pacific wide organisation is formed to unite these three issues-South Pacific United Youth Association (SPUYA).

Several NZers join SPUYA including Hannah Swartz, Robert Winters (former NYC executive member), the late James Nihoniho (Maori Affairs Department and NYC), Gill Plimmer (NYC National Director) and Margaret Bartlett (NYC Pakeha Caucus Coordinator).

Their job is to organise SPUYA’s inaugural conference, to be held in 1990 at Waitangi, NZ.

The SPUYA committee meets with indigenous youth to “talk about common issues and focus on NZ 1990″

NZ delegates hold meetings with representatives of the Soviet Union, Gambia, Ghana and and North Korea.

Contacts are also made with people from the notoriously communist infiltrated University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.

On July 8th, there is a massive closing ceremony and the delegates prepare to leave.

Waitangi Day, 1990 is special. it is the 150th anniversary of the signing of NZ’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi.

The NZ police warn that several groups are planning to disrupt the February 6th celebrations.

Writing in the SUP’s “Tribune” of September 4 1989, Robert Winters lets the cat out of the bag;

“SPUYA’s conference will be held in Waitangi for four days prior to Waitangi day 1990. This has been planned to coincide with Waitangi Day, to enable Pacific youth to join in any action being planned for that day.”

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