New Zealand People's Party

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New Zealand People's Party
LeaderAnil Sharma
IdeologyMinority rights
Cultural rights
House of Representatives
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The New Zealand People's Party is a political party in New Zealand. The party was established in 2015[1] and has a particular focus on the rights of immigrants.[2][3] It operated as an independent party for a 2016 by-election and the 2017 general election, and as a component party of Advance New Zealand for the 2020 election.[4] The party's leader, as of September 2020, is Anil Sharma.[5]


Standalone party[edit]

The New Zealand People's Party was established in 2015.[1] It was initially led by Roshan Nauhria, who was a co-founder.[6]

Nauhria stood as a candidate in the 2016 Mount Roskill by-election,[7] winning 709 votes or 4.2% and coming third.[8] The People's Party also contested the 2017 Mount Albert by-election, with Vin Tomar, an early childhood teacher and real estate agent, as their candidate.[9] Tomar received 191 votes, or 1.5% of the votes cast, coming fourth.

In 2016, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters called the party a 'National Party front'.[10]

On 20 May 2017 the party applied for registration with the Electoral Commission[11] and was registered by the Electoral Commission on 20 June 2017.[12] It ran six list candidates.[13] At the 2017 general election, the party gained only 0.1% of the party vote (1,890 votes) and won no seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives.[14]

The party was deregistered by the Electoral Commission, at the party's request, on 30 April 2019.[15]

Component party of Advance New Zealand[edit]

The leader of the Advance New Zealand party, Jami-Lee Ross, appeared in a Facebook video of 29 July 2020 and stated that the New Zealand People's Party would be joining with Advance.[16] The Electoral Commission confirmed that the People's Party was a component party of Advance on 18 August.[4] Advance New Zealand received only 1.0% of the party vote in the 2020 general election,[17] not enough to enter Parliament, so no candidates from the People's Party were elected.

Current status[edit]

By December 2020, the People's Party was no longer recorded as a component party of Advance.[18] No announcements about the future of the People's Party have been made.

Electoral results[edit]

Election Candidates nominated Seats won Votes Vote share % Government
Electorate List
2017 0 6
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1,890 0.1% Not in Parliament

External links[edit]

Archive of party website (now defunct) from 2019


  1. ^ a b "Constitution of the New Zealand People's party Incorporated". 27 October 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  2. ^ Lynch, Jenna (30 August 2016). "NZ's first political party dedicated to immigrants". Newshub. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Political party for immigrants to focus on crime". Radio New Zealand. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Component parties recorded for The Advance New Zealand Party". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 18 August 2020.
  5. ^ "About Us". New Zealand Public Party. Archived from the original on 28 September 2020.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ "Planning underway ahead of 'one vote' December 3 Mt Roskill by-election". TVNZ. 12 October 2016. Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  7. ^ Nicholas Jones (1 December 2016). "Roshan Nauhria chasing shock win in Roskill". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Mt Roskill – Preliminary Count". NZ Electoral Commission. 3 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  9. ^ "New Zealand People Party to spice up Mt Albert by-election, announces candidate". Indian Weekender. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  10. ^ "New Zealand People's Party is a 'National Party front' – Winston Peters". Newshub. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Application to register political party and logo". NZ Electoral Commission. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Register of Political Parties". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Party and candidate lists for 2017 Election". Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 7 October 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  14. ^ "2017 General Election – Official Result". New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  15. ^ "People's Party no longer registered". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 1 May 2019. Archived from the original on 1 May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  16. ^ "NZ People's Party joins forces with NZ Public Party and Advance NZ for the 2020 elections". Facebook - Apna Television Channel 36 - NZ. 29 July 2020.
  17. ^ "2020 General Election and Referendums - Official Result". Electoral Commission. 6 November 2020. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  18. ^ "Register of political parties". Retrieved 7 December 2020.