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The Kiwi Political Party

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A political party operating in New Zealand between 2007 and 2011, the Kiwi Party was also briefly known as Future New Zealand. It was actually a breakaway from the United Future New Zealand party because it was seeking to sustain the tradition of Future New Zealand. When MP Gordon Copeland left United Future after a dispute over support for the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007, that marked the formation of the party.

List MP Gordon Copeland resigned from the United Future party on May 16, 2007,  because he felt that he was at odds with party leader Peter Dunne, mainly over the Dunne's support of the child-discipline bill. Copeland announced his intention to re-form an independent Future New Zealand party with former United Future list MP Larry Baldock as co-leader.

Needless to say, both Copeland and Baldock acknowledged that the new party would face difficulties over issues like legal ownership of the party name. Still, they were quite hopeful that they would be able to attract United Future's former conservative Christian voters. An inaugural meeting was held in Baldock's city of residence, Tauranga, and former United Future list MP Bernie Ogilvy became party secretary.

On 25 January 2008, it was announced that Future New Zealand was to be known as the Kiwi Party. Copeland stepped down as co-leader to focus on his Parliamentary responsibilities, leaving Baldock as the sole leader. The party applied to the Electoral Commission to register its new name, and was registered on 15 February 2008.

Policies

The party was able to outline the following policies to uphold:

  • That people should be able to direct $100 of their income tax to a charity of their choice each year
  • That they would aspire to lift the adult minimum wage from the expected $12 an hour to $15 an hour
  • That they would provide employers with a 100% tax rebate to cover the minimum wage increase
  • That they would establish a Royal Commission to investigate the causes of family breakdown, family violence, and child abuse.