This time last year NZ was recovering from the confrontation at parliament between police and protestors and Matt King was announcing the formation on a new political party. (Wikipedia)
The registration of DemocracyNZ in October 2022 is one of a number of political transactions (as shown above) since Election 2020, but the most significant event in the minor party scene.
A minor party, but a major undertaking to establish a party and have a realistic chance of entering parliament in this year’s election.
King is very aware of the need to be ‘at the ready’ … We’re living with an unstable government that could implode at any time. DemocracyNZ has held more than 50 public meetings from Kaitaia to Bluff since its formation, and is “Election Ready”.
When I spoke to King in September last year he had not lost any enthusiasm for the growing party’s Stand For Democracy saying,
Politics is about people and standing up for what is right especially when unpopular – that takes courage.Matt King
There was already talk of bottom lines, King’s determination to win back the Northland seat he had previously held as a National Party MP, and to take other like minded candidates with him to parliament – 3 more have been announced so far.
First up was former New Conservative candidate Lee Smith who opened her campaign in September 2022.
Second out of the blocks, Waikato agricultural advisor, Steve Cranston in November.
Both have been vocal in their respective strengths around Education and Groundswell Issues.
Third on the scene, which caused some considerable interest in Tauranga was local lawyer, Kirsten Murfitt, in February.
The party is celebrating its successes to date, in particular its appearance in recent political polls within a few months of registration.
No small achievement for a newly registered party in its first election and with a former MP as party leader, is elible to be included in major political debates.
This is where DemocracyNZ parts company with other minor parties. King has been very clear DNZ has no interest in joining other minor parties including the recently formed ‘umbrella party’ of FreedomNZ.
Tomorrow the party will announce two more candidates and perhaps have some Sunday Thoughts to chew over tomorrow night.
In the meantime here’s what Matt King had to say this morning.
more to come …
Sunday: 19th March
DemocracyNZ held a Facebook live session at 3.00pm today.
Matt King led a brief review of DemocracyNZ at their one year anniversary with the existing candidates, Lee Smith (Taranaki-King Country) Steve Cranston (Waikato) and Kirsten Murfitt (Tauranga)
Two further candidates were announced following the review but will not have candidate launches at this time.
Dr (Medical) Matt Shelton who will stand as a candidate in the Wellington Region, although there was no indication that Shelton would be a list only candidate.
Dr (Dental) Martin Langford who will stand as a candidate in the Napier electorate.
King stated that it was not appropriate to have a candidate launch in Napier at this time given the extent of the damage still being dealt with from Cyclone Gabrielle and Shelton’s electorate was yet to be decided.