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The Canterbury Socialist Society is a voluntary organization formed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2017. Our purpose is to promote the engagement, discussion, and popularization of socialist ideas, politics, and principles. By socialism, we mean, in the broadest sense, the political goal of bringing the working class to power at all levels of society in order to establish a system where production is organized according to need, rather than the accumulation of private wealth. To this end, we host seminars, lectures, workshops, film screenings, and social events that are open to the public.

Participation in our events is not based on specifc adherence to a set of politics, but having a genuine interest in the topics we host. The society hosts monthly educational events open to all ages at Space Academy, and convenes on the third Thursday of every month for social drinks at Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn.

Next year, we aim to establish our membership system. We will be doing this with the view to give the society some longevity, so that we can continue to regularly host engaging, interesting, and challenging public events on the topic of socialism.