Pirate Party of New Zealand

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Pirate Party of New Zealand
President Andrew Reitemeyer
Secretary Ben Vidulich
Founded 2009
Ideology Pirate politics,
Intellectual property reform,
Freedom of information,
Open government,
Network neutrality
International affiliation Pirate Parties International
Website
www.pirateparty.org.nz
Politics of New Zealand
Political parties
Elections

The Pirate Party of New Zealand (PPNZ) is a political party in New Zealand. The party is based on the Swedish Pirate Party and focuses on issues of copyright and patent reform and internet privacy.[1] It is a member of Pirate Parties International.[2]

The Executive Board[edit]

The Pirate Party of New Zealand is managed by an executive board, this board was elected into their positions in August 2014. They are:

  • President - Andrew Reitemeyer
  • Secretary - Ben Vidulich
  • Treasurer - Andrew McPherson
  • Ordinary Member - Daniel Schwalm
  • Ordinary Member - [vacated]

History[edit]

Hussain al-Saady contested the March 2011 Botany by-election for the party,[3] winning 32 votes (0.2% of the total).

In June 2011 the party was conditionally awarded $20,000 of broadcasting funding for the 2011 election.[4][5] In September 2011 the Electoral Commission registered the party's logo.[6]

On 27 August 2011 the party took part in a nation-wide protest against the Infringing File Sharing Amendment Act: several hundred people around New Zealand drew media attention to the revised law.

The Pirate Party was a non-registered party in the 2011 General Election, but contested the Hamilton East and Wellington Central electorates.[7] The party won 137 votes in Hamilton East,[8] and 277 in Wellington Central.[9] It did not stand any candidates at the 2014 election.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Core Policy". PPNZ. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  2. ^ "About the PPI". PP International. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Ten Candidates Stand in Botany By-Election". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  4. ^ "2011 Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  5. ^ "Prepare ye for Pirate Party election broadcast". TVNZ. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  6. ^ "Applications to register political party logos approved". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  7. ^ Tom Pullar-Strecker (2011-11-25). "Pirate Party pushes candidates for protest". Dominion-Post. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  8. ^ "Election Results -- Hamilton East". New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  9. ^ "Election Results -- Wellington Central". New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 

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