People's Movement (New Zealand)

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The People's Movement was a political party in New Zealand. It was active in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and was individualist in outlook. It campaigned for a reduction in the size of government, a reform of the civil service, a limit on the powers of political parties, and an end to the governing Labour Party's "socialist" policies.

Although the Movement had a relatively high political profile, it did not achieve any notable successes. In April 1940, the Movement was joined by Albert Davy, a political organiser who had been credited with successful campaigns for the United Party and the Reform Party, but Davy failed to make much impact. In February 1941, a faction of the Movement merged into the National Party, and in 1942, Davy branched off to found the New Zealand Co-operative Party. In the 1943 elections, the remnants of the People's Movement sponsored a number of candidates under the name of the "Independent Group", but none were elected.