Larry Baldock

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Larry Baldock
MP
1st Leader of the Kiwi Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 January 2008
Deputy Gordon Copeland
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for United Future list
In office
2002 – 2005
Personal details
Born 1954
Nationality  New Zealand
Political party United Future (2002–2005)
Future New Zealand (2007–2008)
The Kiwi Party(2008–2011)
Conservative Party of New Zealand
Religion Evangelical Christian

Larry Baldock (born 1954) is a New Zealand politician. He was a member of Parliament for the United Future New Zealand party from 2002 to 2005. Before entering national politics, he served on the Tauranga City Council, and was also previously involved with the evangelical Youth With A Mission organisation.

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2002–2005 47th List 7 United Future

Baldock was elected to Parliament in the 2002 general election. Along with Murray Smith, Bernie Ogilvy,and Marc Alexander, Baldock failed to make it back to the 48th New Zealand Parliament in 2005, given United Future New Zealand's drop in electoral support to one-third the level at the previous general election. Like Smith, Ogilvy and Adams, Baldock is an evangelical Christian.

Future New Zealand[edit]

On 16 May 2007, his former colleague Gordon Copeland, then a United Future List MP, announced that he would be forming a new Future New Zealand party after expressing dissatisfaction with party leader Peter Dunne's support of the child-discipline bill.[1] Baldock joined the new party.

After Copeland's announcement, Baldock held an inaugural party meeting in Tauranga, his city of residence, and stated that forty-five former members of the pre-merger Future New Zealand had attended, although the party had between sixteen to twenty members at that time.[2] Former United Future List MP Bernie Ogilvy also joined Future New Zealand, as party secretary.

On 17 July 2007, the Future New Zealand website's Copeland Chronicle (June 2007) edition announced that "Future New Zealand" had achieved its five hundred member goal required for registration under the New Zealand Electoral Act 1993 as a viable political party. The newsletter also stated that Copeland and Baldock would now work on establishing a Board of Management and Board of Reference for the party.[3]

The Kiwi Party[edit]

On 28 January 2008, Future New Zealand was renamed The Kiwi Party. Baldock became sole party leader, while Copeland concentrated primarily on parliamentary matters.[4] Baldock successfully collected 310,000 signatures against the Child Discipline Act, which forced a referendum on the issue. Baldock has proposed giving parents the right to strike their children with implements stating, "I'm not opposed to the wooden spoon or ruler because you can control things with that better than you can with an open hand."[5]

In the 2008 general election, Baldock stood for the Tauranga electorate, but came a distant fourth, with approximately five percent of the vote.[6] The Kiwi Party also performed poorly, receiving 0.54% of the party vote nationwide.[7]

Undaunted by its poor performance, the Kiwi Party held a conference in Christchurch in March 2009, and announced its intention to contest the 2011 general election. As The Family Party and New Zealand Pacific Party had been dissolved, it would have been the only fundamentalist party in the contest. As of September 2010, Baldock was still Kiwi Party leader. However, it was announced on 14 October 2011 that Kiwi Party members would not be running candidates for the 2011 election, instead standing for the Conservative Party, of which Baldock is ranked at number 3 on the party list.[8]

In April 2013 the Electoral Commission announced it had referred Baldock to the police for filing a false expenses return and for exceeding the $25,000 cap on election expenses.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United Future MP quits party over smacking bill". The New Zealand Herald. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Dan Eaton (22 May 2007). "Future NZ". The Press. p. A6. 
  3. ^ Copeland's Chronicle, June 2007
  4. ^ "Copeland steps down as co-leader of Future NZ". Scoop Media. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  5. ^ Collins, Simon (20 August 2009). "'No' vote campaigners divided on way forward after likely win". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Election Results – Tauranga". Chief Electoral Office. November 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Election Results – Rongotai". Chief Electoral Office. November 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ Kiwi Party Members Join The Conservative Party
  9. ^ "Referral to the Police 16 April 2013". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Larry Baldock and Stephen Monsma: Pursuing Justice in a Sinful World: Auckland: Lifeway Trust: 2005: ISBN 0-476-01667-3

External links[edit]

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