Pirate Party of New Zealand

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Pirate Party of New Zealand
PresidentAndrew Reitemeyer
SecretaryBen Vidulich
IdeologyPirate politics,
Intellectual property reform,
Freedom of information,
Open government,
Network neutrality
International affiliationPirate Parties International

The Pirate Party of New Zealand (PPNZ) is an unregistered 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 contested elections in 2011. 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[citation needed]. They are:

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


Activity in 2011[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 nationwide 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]

Activity after 2011[edit]

PPNZ did not stand any candidates at the 2014 election.

PPNZ sought the members required for registration to run in the 2017 election,[10] but ultimately did not run any candidates.

See also[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.
  10. ^ "Join". Pirate Party of New Zealand. Retrieved 22 December 2016.

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