2017 Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released

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The Electoral Commission has released its decision on the amount of money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2017 general election.

The amount of money appropriated by Parliament to enable political parties to fund their broadcasting of election programmes and election advertising for the 2017 general election is $4,145,750 incl GST ($3,605,000 excl GST).

The following table sets out the allocation of money to eligible political parties.

Political Party

Allocation

(inclusive of GST)

The New Zealand National Party

$1,285,825

New Zealand Labour Party

$1,036,956

The Greens, The Green Party of Aotearoa/New Zealand

$497,739

New Zealand First Party

$394,043

Māori Party

$124,435

ACT New Zealand

$93,326

United Future New Zealand

$93,326

Conservative Party of New Zealand

$51,848

Internet Party

$51,848

MANA Movement

$51,848

Ban1080

$41,478

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

$41,478

New Zealand Democratic Party for Social Credit

$41,478

The Opportunities Party (TOP)

$41,478

Universal Party*

$37,330

GOdsownNZ*

$37,330

1Law4All*

$37,330

Coalition for Common Good*

$37,330

New Zealand Outdoors Party*

$37,330

Alliance Party*

$37,330

The Expatriate Party of New Zealand*

$37,330

New Zealand Independent Parliament*

$37,330

Total allocated

$4,145,746

Total available

$ 4,145,750 incl GST

* These parties are currently unregistered.

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 22 August 2017 (the date for dissolution of Parliament), and

(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 3 March 2017).

The Electoral Commission must allocate 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 22 August 2017.

The Electoral Commission's full written decision is available for download here.