Broadcasting Allocation 2014 General Election

The following table sets out the allocation of time and money to eligible political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election.

A total of 60 minutes has been made available for opening addresses and 60 minutes for closing addresses by both Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and Radio New Zealand (RNZ).

The amount of money appropriated by Parliament to enable political parties to fund their broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election is $3,283,250 including GST (the same as for the 2005, 2008 and 2011 elections). The amounts shown in the table below include GST.

Parties

6 June Monetary allocation (inclusive of GST)

6 June

Time allocation of opening addresses (in minutes)

6 June

Time allocation for closing addresses (in minutes)

20 August Variation Monetary allocation (inclusive of GST)

20 August Variation

Time allocation of opening addresses (in minutes)

20 August Variation

Time allocation for closing addresses (in minutes)

29 August Variation Monetary allocation (inclusive of GST)

29 August Variation

Time allocation for closing addresses (in minutes and seconds)

The New Zealand National Party (National Party)

$1,053,622

15m30s

15m30s

$1,076,229

15m30s

15m30s

$1,087,902

16m15s

The New Zealand Labour Party (Labour Party)

$919,829

13m30s

13m30s

$939,565

13m30s

13m30s

$949,756

14m10s

The Green Party of Aotearoa/New Zealand (Green Party)

$401,380

7m30s

7m30s

$409,993

7m30s

7m30s

$414,439

7m55s

New Zealand First (NZ First)

$200,690

4m30s

4m30s

$204,996

4m30s

4m30s

$207,220

4m45s

Māori Party

$100,345

2m30s

2m30s

$102,498

2m30s

2m30s

$103,610

2m40s

ACT New Zealand (ACT Party)

$76,930

2m

2m

$76,930

2m

2m

$76,930

2m

Internet Party and MANA  Movement (Internet MANA)

$76,930

2m

2m

$78,581

2m

2m

$79,433

2m5s

United Future New Zealand (United Future)

$76,930

2m

2m

$78,581

2m

2m

$79,433

2m5s

New Zealand Independent Coalition (NZIC)

$76,930

2m

2m

$78,581

2m

2m

$79,433

2m5s

Conservative Party of New Zealand (Conservative Party)

$60,207

1m30s

1m30s

$61,499

1m30s

1m30s

$62,166

1m40s

The Alliance (Alliance)

$33,635

1m

1m

$34,357

1m

1m

-

-

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party (ALCP)

$33,635

1m

1m

$34,357

1m

1m

$34,729

1m5s

The Civilian Party (Civilian)

$33,635

1m

1m

$34,357

1m

1m

$34,729

1m5s

The Expatriate Party of New Zealand (Expat Party)

$33,635

1m

1m

-

-

-

-

-

Focus New Zealand (Focus NZ)

$33,635

1m

1m

$34,357

1m

1m

$34,729

1m5s

The New Zealand Democratic Party for Social Credit (Democrats for Social Credit)

$33,635

1m

1m

$34,357

1m

1m

$34,729

1m5s

Truth, Freedom, Justice

$33,635

1m

1m

-

-

-

-

-

Radio New Zealand (RNZ)

$4,012

-

-

$4,012

-

-

$4,012

-

Total allocated

$3,283,250

60

60

$3,283,250

58

58

$3,283,250

60

Total available

$3,283,250

60

60

$3,283,250

60

60

$3,283,250

60

The process for determining the broadcasting allocation is set out in Part 6 of the Broadcasting Act 1989. A party is only eligible for the broadcasting allocation if:
(a) the party is registered on the Register of Political Parties by 14 August 2014 (the date for dissolution of Parliament), andThe process for determining the broadcasting allocation is set out in Part 6 of the Broadcasting Act 1989. A party is only eligible for the broadcasting allocation if:

(b) the party has given notice to the Electoral Commission that the party considers itself to be qualified for an allocation by the date required by the Electoral Commission (the deadline was 17 March 2014).

The Electoral Commission must allocate the time provided by TVNZ and RNZ and the money appropriated by Parliament to eligible parties in accordance with the statutory criteria, which are:

(a) the number of persons who voted at the preceding general election for a party and its candidates;

(b) the number of persons who voted at any by-election held since the preceding general election for any candidate for the party;

(c) the number of members of Parliament who were members of a political party immediately before the expiration or dissolution of Parliament;

(d) any relationships that exist between one political party and another party;

(e) any other indications of public support for a political party such as the results of opinion polls and the number of persons who are members of the party;

(f) the need to provide a fair opportunity for each registered political party to convey its policies to the public by the broadcasting of election programmes on television.

The Commission may vary the allocation decision under certain circumstances provided for in the Broadcasting Act 1989, including, for example, if a party fails to register as a registered political party by 14 August 2014.

More information about the broadcasting allocation process is available here.

The Electoral Commission's full written decision is available for download here (PDF 415.64 KB).

Last updated: 29 August 2014