New Zealand TEA Party

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New Zealand TEA Party
LeaderJohn Hong and Susanna Kruger
FoundedJune 2020 (2020-06)
IdeologyAnti-racism
Fiscal conservatism
Political positionCentre[1]
Colours  Purple
MPs in the House of Representatives
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Website
https://www.teaparty.org.nz/

The New Zealand TEA Party (Taxpayers and Entrepreneurs Alliance) is a registered political party in New Zealand. The party is led by John Hong. The party contested the 2020 general election, but did not win any seats.

Policies[edit]

The party defines itself as anti-racist, socially democratic, and fiscally conservative.[2] It supports reform of the Family Court of New Zealand.[3] Party policies include support for business, opposition to capital gains taxes, embracing migration and multiculturalism,[4] and opposition to legalisation of recreational cannabis consumption.[5]

It has no connection to the American Tea Party movement.[4]

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

The party was founded by two former Auckland mayoral candidates, John Hong and Susanna Kruger, and it includes a third; John Palino, who ran his electorate campaign from Florida, where he is currently living due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4] At its creation, the party was co-led by Hong and Kruger.[2] The party's website describes Roger Douglas as its patron.[6]

2020 general election[edit]

The party did not apply for a broadcasting allocation for the 2020 general election.[7] In July 2020, the TEA Party applied to the Electoral Commission to be a registered party and it was registered on 6 August 2020.[8][9][10] In September 2020, the TEA Party announced their candidate list for the 2020 election.[11][12]

The party received 2,415 of the party vote, or 0.1%, in the 2020 election, and won no electorate seats, so did not enter Parliament.[13]

Present status[edit]

The current party leader is John Hong, and its president is Brett Killip.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Hong takes tilt at national politics through Tea Party". Newsroom. 2020-06-16. Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  2. ^ a b Sachdeva, Sam (16 June 2020). "John Hong takes tilt at national politics through Tea Party". Newsroom. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  3. ^ "New Political Party Addresses Thorn In Labour's Side". Scoop. 13 June 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Braae, Alex (2020-09-02). "John Palino is running for parliament – from Florida". The Spinoff. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  5. ^ "Our policies". New Zealand TEA Party. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Meeting with patron Sir Roger Douglas". New Zealand TEA Party. 9 June 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  7. ^ "2020 Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released". Electoral Commission. 29 May 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Three parties apply to register". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 18 July 2020. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  9. ^ "General election candidates: Who will be standing?". New Zealand Herald. 13 July 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Registration of three parties and logos". New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Party profile: TEA Party". Policy.nz. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  12. ^ "About". teaparty.org.nz. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  13. ^ "2020 General Election and Referendums - Official Result". Electoral Commission. 2020-11-06. Retrieved 2020-11-06.
  14. ^ "Tea Party » About". Retrieved 2021-01-21.