Party returns for the 2017 General Election

Registered party expense returns for the 2017 general election were due on Wednesday, 21 February 2018.

Election expenses

The election expense limit for the 2017 general election for a party contesting the party vote was $1,115,000 (including GST) plus $26,200 (including GST) per electorate contested by the party. A party not contesting the party vote could not spend more than $26,200 (including GST) on election expenses for each electorate candidate nominated by the party.

A party’s election expenses include the cost incurred in the preparation, design, composition, printing, postage and publication of party election advertisements published during the regulated period (23 June to 22 September 2017) for the election. There are no limits on how much registered parties can spend on advertising published outside of the regulated period.

Allocation expenses

All parties that received an allocation of money under the Broadcasting Act 1989 for the election must report in the return the amount the party received and the accounts sent by the party to the Electoral Commission for payment out of the party’s allocation.

The allocation can be spent on production and placement costs for TV, radio and internet advertising. Parties could only broadcast party advertisements on TV and radio between 23 August and 22 September 2017 for the election.

All registered parties are required to file a return, including a party that has not incurred any election expenses or received an allocation from the Electoral Commission.

Copies of returns filed with the Commission, together with their accompanying audit reports, are available for download as PDFs below. The returns can also be viewed at the Electoral Commission's offices between 9am and 5pm on weekdays. Contact the Commission to make an appointment to do this.

The table below provides a list of the parties that were required to file a return and a summary of their election and allocation expenses.


Election expenses

party expenses

Party allocation

party allocation expenses

ACT New Zealand





Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party















Democrats for Social Credit





Green Party





Internet Party





Labour Party





MANA Movement





Māori Party





National Party





NZ First





New Zealand People's Party





NZ Outdoors Party





The Opportunities Party (TOP)





United Future





*$1,115,000 + $26,200 per electorate candidate

Last updated: 22 June 2018