New Zealand TEA Party

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New Zealand TEA Party
LeaderJohn Hong and Susanna Kruger
FoundedJune 2020 (2020-06)
Fiscal conservatism
Political positionCentre[1]
Colours  Purple
MPs in the House of Representatives
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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.


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]



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]


  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". Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  12. ^ "About". 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.