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2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released

29 August 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released

29 August 2014 News items

The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election.

By noon on 26 August 2014, the Alliance, a party which received allocations of time and money in the original 6 June broadcasting allocation decision, had not submitted a party list for the General Election. As a result, the Alliance became ineligible for an allocation of time and money. This resulted in the $34,357 and I minute (closing address) previously allocated to the Alliance being available for reallocation.

In addition, the Expatriate Party of New Zealand and Truth, Freedom, Justice remain ineligible for an allocation of time as they were not registered by 14 August 2014 which means a further two minutes for closing addresses are available for reallocation.

The Commission’s decision is available online here [PDF 415.29KB]and is summarised below.

Variation of Broadcasting Allocation Decision for the 2014 General Election

PartiesMonetary allocation (incl of GST)Allocation of time for closing addresses (in minutes and seconds)

The New Zealand National Party (National Party)$1,087,90216m15s
The New Zealand Labour Party (Labour Party)$949,75614m10s
The Green Party of Aotearoa/New Zealand (Green Party)$414,4397m55s
New Zealand First (NZ First)$207,2204m45s
Māori Party$103,6102m40s
ACT New Zealand (ACT Party)$76,9302m
Internet Party and MANA Movement (Internet MANA)2 $79,4332m5s
United Future New Zealand (United Future)$79,4332m5s
New Zealand Independent Coalition (NZIC)$79,4332m5s
Conservative Party of New Zealand (Conservative Party)$62,1661m40s
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party (ALCP)$34,7291m5s
The Civilian Party (Civilian)$34,7291m5s
Focus New Zealand (Focus NZ)$34,7291m5s
The New Zealand Democratic Party for Social Credit (Democrats for Social Credit)$34,7291m5s
Radio New Zealand (RNZ)3

$4,012N/A
Total allocated$3,283,25060 minutes
Total available$3,283,25060 minutes


The Commission may vary the allocation decision under certain circumstances provided for in the Broadcasting Act 1989, including, for example, if the relationship of a party with any other party has changed to a significant extent.

More information about the broadcasting allocation process is available here.

The Electoral Commission's full variation written decision of 29 August, 20 August and its original 6 June 2014 decision are available for download here.


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