Conservative Party of New Zealand

Conservative Party of New Zealand
Conservative Party of New Zealand
Leader Colin Craig
Founded August 2011
Headquarters 29 Gillies Avenue, Newmarket, Auckland
Ideology Conservativism
Social conservatism
International affiliation Not affiliated
Official colours Light blue
MPs in the House of Representatives 0
Politics of New Zealand
Political parties

The Conservative Party of New Zealand is a political party founded in New Zealand in August 2011. It advocates social conservatism, the repeal of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and the child discipline law, and the use of binding referenda.[1] The party is led by Colin Craig, who polled third in the Auckland mayoral election, 2010.[2] The party is contesting the 2011 general election.[2]

Shortly after its foundation the party was noted for possible violations of electoral laws for failing to have an authorisation statement on electoral advertising on its website and on the billboard outside of its office.[3]

The party gained the 500 members required for registration within a month of its founding.[4] On 1 September 2011 it applied to have its logo registered with the Electoral Commission.[5] On 13 September it applied for registration.[6] The logo was registered with the Electoral Commission on 5 October 2011,[7] and the party was formally registered on 6 October 2011, which allows it to contest the party list.[8]

In September 2011 party leader Colin Craig announced he would stand in the Rodney electorate.[9]

On 14 October The Kiwi Party announced that it would not be standing any candidates in the election, and that its leader Larry Baldock and other members would be standing for the Conservative Party.[10] On 18 October the Conservative Party announced a similar alliance with the New Citizen Party, whose candidate for the Botany electorate, Paul Young, would be standing for the Conservatives.[11]

On 1 November 2011 the party released its list, announcing 52 candidates. Craig heads the list, with Baldock listed third.[12]

See also

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  1. ^ "Find Out More". Conservative Party of New Zealand. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Colin Craig announces new Conservative Party". New Zealand Herald. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  3. ^ Belinda McCammon (2011-08-21). "Craig party in possible law breach". Sunday Star-Times. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  4. ^ Bennett, Adam (30 August 2011). "New party in time for election". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Application to register Conservative political party logo". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  6. ^ "Application to register Conservative Party of New Zealand". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  7. ^ "Registration of Conservative Party logo". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  8. ^ "Registration of Conservative Party". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  9. ^ "Colin Craig won't go up against John Banks". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  10. ^ "No Kiwi Party candidates in this year's election". New Zealand Herald. 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  11. ^ Danya Levy (2011-10-18). "New Citizens Party joins with Conservatives". Stuff. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  12. ^ "Conservative list released". Press Release: Conservative Party (via 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 

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