Five years ago at the same venue, delegates chose to break away from their existing political alliance in order to become, once again, an independent political party.
But was this the correct decision?
Retaining the "status-quo" held out the hope of regaining Democrat representation in parliament. But subsequent events proved that this would not have been achieved and, in all probability, the party name and its principles would have been subsumed past the point of no return.
As it is, the name and policies of the transformed Democrats for social credit are now receiving wider public recognition and the longer-term goal of parliamentary representation is not an impossible dream.
The Reverend Canon Peter Challen sees a plan unfolding:
"Democrats for social credit are an important part of the challenge to the serfdom of the status quo.. .in providing and communicating a model of a new economy. " (p.5 )
In its editorial, a major newspaper stated: The Democrats for social credit are promoting afresh the financial reforms that have been a core element of their policies for more than half a century. (p.4)
The South Pacific News Service commented "the Democrats for social credit are engaged in a revitalisation and rejuvenation process", and referred to submissions being made by the party. (p.4)
The Submission to the Independent Inquiry into Local Government Rates was reproduced in our last issue. Prepared by deputy leader and finance spokesman, John Pemberton, it was given feature coverage in The National Business Review. According to this establishment publication: "The most unorthodox submission to the select committee on housing affordability comes from Democrats for social credit, which promotes its theory of community credit". (p.26)
The latest Submission to the Independent Inquiry into the future monetary policy framework by John in co-operation with vice-president Katherine Ransom, is another "outstanding document" (p.10)
And the widely-read national publication, The NZ Listener, has published a letter from Katherine on "NZ's Way to Wealth", spelling out the real cause of our economic woes and giving the solution that would "transform New Zealand into a world-leading example of democracy, equality and prosperity".
Significantly, the status of the author was given for all to see: "Vice-President, Democrats for Social Credit". (p.6 )
In 2002, the then newly-elected leader Stephnie de Ruyter said "it takes confidence in our beliefs to step out from the shadows and into the spotlight of public scrutiny. It's time to share our vision. "
The 2007 Annual Conference of Democrats for social credit was "a good humoured and buoyant affair".