New Zealand Pacific Party

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New Zealand Pacific Party
Leader Taito Philip Field
Founded 2008
Dissolved 2010
Ideology Social conservatism, Christian democracy, communitarianism
Colours Purple
MPs in the House of Representatives 0
Politics of New Zealand
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The New Zealand Pacific Party was a Christian political party that existed in New Zealand from 2008 to 2010. The party was founded as a vehicle for former Labour MP Taito Phillip Field, who was subsequently convicted for bribery and corruption.[1] It aimed to represent Pacific Island communities within New Zealand, and support Christian and "family values" and social justice.[2]

The party was registered on 24 April 2008,[3] and officially launched on 16 August 2008.[4] It claimed to have over 3000 members in August 2008.[5]

The Pacific Party lost its single constituency seat in New Zealand's Parliament when Taito Philip Field lost his Māngere electorate seat to Labour's Su'a William Sio. Field got 5,525 votes compared to Sio's 12,651 votes. In the party vote, the Pacific Party attracted 8640 votes, or 0.37% of the total electorate vote in New Zealand.

After the 2008 general election, nothing further was heard from the Pacific Party for almost two years. On 2 September 2010 the party was deregistered.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guilty verdicts for Taito Phillip Field". The New Zealand Herald. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Field moves to register 'Pacific Party'". Stuff. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Electoral Commission registration decisions and consideration of complaints". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Pacific Party confident of success". Newstalk ZB. 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  5. ^ "Pacific Party confident of strong showing at election". Radio New Zealand. 2008-08-09. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  6. ^ "Cancellation of registration of political party and logo". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-09-02.