David Farrar (blogger)

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David P Farrar
Farrar in 2010 at the New Zealand Open Source Awards
Farrar in 2010 at the New Zealand Open Source Awards
Born (1967-09-11) 11 September 1967 (age 52)
NationalityNew Zealander
Alma materUniversity of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington
OccupationBlogger, pollster, political activist

David Peter Farrar (born 11 September 1967) is a New Zealand political activist, blogger, and pollster. He is a frequent commentator in the media on Internet issues. Farrar has held many roles within the New Zealand National Party and has worked in Parliament for four National Party leaders.

His blog, Kiwiblog, was the most widely read and commented on New Zealand blog in 2009.[1] Farrar also maintains a presence on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. In 2007 the National Business Review stated that: "Any realistic 'power list' produced in this country would include either Farrar or his fellow blogger and opinion leader Russell Brown."[2]

Education and personal life[edit]

Farrar was educated in Wellington, attending St Mark's Church School and Rongotai College.[citation needed] He is of Jewish descent on his father's side.[3]

He studied at the University of Otago and later at Victoria University of Wellington.[citation needed] Farrar served on the Council of Otago University as a student representative, was President of the Commerce Faculty Students' Association and chaired the Student Representative Council. While he was at the University of Otago, he was the Otago correspondent for Campus News an alternative student newspaper published by a group in Auckland but which was distributed nationwide. The newspaper was published between 1984 and 1988, and David's involvement ran from 1985 to 1987.[citation needed]


Farrar is a director of New Zealand Domain Name Registry Ltd (.nz Registry Services),[4] and manages his own market research company Curia. Farrar is a member of the Market Research Society of New Zealand.

Farrar was Vice-President of the Internet Society of New Zealand, InternetNZ, and is a frequent commentator in both broadcast and print media on Internet issues.[citation needed]

Previously Farrar worked as a staff member of the Leader of the Opposition (1999–2004), a staff member at National Party Head Office (1999 and 2004), a staff member in Ministerial Services under Jim Bolger (1996–1997) and in the Prime Minister's Office under Jenny Shipley (1997–1999).[citation needed]

Farrar writes weekly columns for the National Business Review and the iPredict futures site, and is a regular commentator on Radio New Zealand and Newstalk ZB.

The New Zealand Listener 2009 Power List named Farrar the fourth most powerful person in the New Zealand media, saying "Kiwiblog has become part of the daily routine for Beltway insiders and others with an interest in politics and public policy."[5]

Political involvement[edit]

Taxpayers' Union[edit]

In 2013, Farrar, with Jordan Williams, established the fiscally conservative lobby group, the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union.[6] The Union is based on the United Kingdom TaxPayers Alliance and resulted from both Farrar and Williams' interaction with that group's founder, Matthew Elliot, through the International Young Democrat Union.[7]

Young Nationals[edit]

Farrar is an honorary life member of the Young Nationals, due to his many years of service to the organisation.[citation needed]

He survived some media calls for his resignation as National Secretary when he was arrested for his part in a joke press release, along with fellow Young National Michael P Moore, announcing that maverick National MP Michael Laws had been assassinated and that the Prime Minister was one of over 10,000 suspects. The joke press-release was made with the New Zealand Police logo. Farrar and Moore were subsequently arrested, but not convicted of any crime as they chose to participate in a diversion scheme for first time offenders of minor crime. The infamous fax and related media items are now displayed at the Backbencher Bar on Molesworth Street in Wellington, across the road from Parliament.[citation needed]

Campaign manager[edit]

At the 2005 general election Farrar was the volunteer campaign manager for National's Wellington Central candidate Mark Blumsky. Blumsky was defeated in his attempt to become an electorate MP, but succeeded in entering parliament via the party list.[8]

Political views[edit]

Farrar professes a classical liberal approach to politics, that is often compromised by his party affiliation with the liberal conservative National Party (for instance over state security powers vs individual rights [9]) and identifies as a moderate of the center-right on the political spectrum. He was a co-chair of National's Classical Liberal Policy Advisory Group at its formation in 2004.[10] He supported the legalisation of prostitution and of civil unions in New Zealand. Farrar supports a New Zealand republic and is on the National Council of New Zealand Republic campaign. Economically his views are more in keeping with those of parties to the right of the National Party, such as the market fundamentalism of the minority[11] ACT party.

Farrar has appeared before Parliamentary select committees on a range of issues, including the Electoral Finance Bill. He often publishes his submissions on his blog.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kiwiblog's 2009 stats". Kiwiblog. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 2.68 million visits, 6.00 million page views, 680,000 visitors
  2. ^ Ben Thomas and David W Young (20 September 2007). "Politicians will be haunted by their past on internet". National Business Review. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2007.
  3. ^ Kiwiblog - NZ Jewish achievers
  4. ^ "New Zealand Domain Name Registry". Retrieved 8 November 2006.
  5. ^ 2009 Power List. The New Zealand Listener. December 2009.
  6. ^ "Who We Are". Taxpayers' Union. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/10/the_new_zealand_taxpayers_union.html
  8. ^ Coddington, Deborah (4 March 2007). "Making a difference, one issue at a time". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 20 December 2007.
  9. ^ "The Campbell Live Dotcom conspiracy episode". Kiwiblog.co.nz.
  10. ^ "National Party Board approves Classical Liberal Policy Advisory Group" (Press release). New Zealand National Party. 13 May 2004. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  11. ^ 2014 NZ Election, Party results. http://www.electionresults.govt.nz/electionresults_2014/partystatus.html
  12. ^ David Farrar (10 September 2007). "My submission on the Electoral Finance Bill". Kiwiblog. Retrieved 23 September 2007.

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